Columbus Among 105 Global Cities to Score an “A” in Climate Action
In its 2019 Cities A List report, CDP Global has listed Columbus among cities earning an “A” rating for their work to stem climate change.
The nonprofit organization, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, works worldwide to encourage companies and governments to reduce their carbon emissions. CDP graded cities on leadership, management, awareness and disclosure, as well as the level of action taken.
Columbus is among 105 cities worldwide and 34 cities nationally to earn an “A” rating.
“Climate Change is a social justice issue affecting our most vulnerable residents,” said Mayor Andrew Ginther in a press release. “90 plus degree days and intense rains are not merely inconvenient but can be life-threatening.”
“Through my Sustainable Columbus initiative, we are working with external partners and internally with key city departments to guide us in finding solutions. We’re focused on fighting climate change, protecting our natural resources, reducing waste and engaging our residents to bring lasting change to our city,” the mayor said.
Last year, 43 cities around the world made the “A” list. To score an “A,” a city must have a city-wide emissions inventory, set an emissions reduction target, publish a climate change action plan and complete a climate adaptation plan to show how it will combat climate hazards now and into the future.
Mayor Ginther spoke extensively on climate change and announced new initiatives to combat climate issues in his 2020 State of the City address. The City of Columbus is working to reduce green gas emissions by 30% from city operations and by 20% from community sources by the end of the year. To do so, the city has completed more than 24,000 home energy audits, is pursuing an energy and water usage benchmarking ordinance through City Council and is attempting to increase public transit ridership, among other actions.
To see the full CDP 2019 Cities A List report, visit www.cdp.net/en/cities/cities-scores.