Baltimore is one of 88 cities worldwide to be recognized for its efforts to build resiliency and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Today, environmental nonprofit CDP published its ‘A List’ of cities around the world that are leading on climate action and sustainability. Baltimore is one of only 25 North American cities recognized this year, along with other regional leaders like Washington D.C. and Philadelphia.
Getting on the list is not a simple task. Cities must demonstrate actions to combat climate change in a transparent manner. To qualify, a city must have an emissions inventory, pollution reduction goals, and climate action and adaptation plans. Baltimore adopted its first sustainability plan in 2009 with a climate action plan following in 2012.
As a recent Smart Cities Dive article discussing the ‘A List’ explains, more and more cities are beginning to make progress at the local level while the federal government continues to change policy. Local governments are beginning to incorporate the effects of climate change in their long-term financial planning, even disclosing to investors in the municipal bond markets how they are planning several decades ahead with emissions and waste reduction goals.