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June 5, 2017 - Leaders in U.S. Economy Say “We Are Still In” on Paris Climate Agreement

Monday, June 5, 2017
Media Contacts:
Kendra Tupper, Energy Services Manager, 303-441-3434
Sarah Huntley, Media Relations, 303-441-3155
www.bouldercolorado.gov

Leaders in U.S. economy say “we are still in” on Paris Climate Agreement

The City of Boulder today joined more than 1,200 U.S. governors, mayors, businesses, investors, colleges and universities to declare their intent to continue to pursue ambitious climate goals and work together to ensure the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing carbon emissions. Today’s declaration builds on the statement from the Climate Mayors, signed by Mayor Suzanne Jones last week, which commits 211 American cities and counting to upholding the Paris Agreement. Today’s declaration also represents the largest cross section of the American economy assembled to date in pursuit of climate action.

“This declaration shows there is broad, bipartisan support for climate action across both the public and private sectors,” said Kendra Tupper, energy services manager for the City of Boulder. “Boulder is proud to work towards meaningful emissions reductions alongside so many other cities, states, businesses and universities. The committed groups represent 120 million Americans. Together, we will continue to contribute to global efforts to address climate change.”

Signatories to today’s declaration include leaders from 125 cities, 9 states, 902 businesses and investors and 183 colleges and universities. In the absence of leadership from Washington, all groups will continue to work together to take forceful action and to ensure that the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing emissions. In 2016, the City of Boulder adopted Climate Commitment goals which exceeded the U.S. commitment in the Paris Climate Agreement, including a goal of 100% renewable electricity by 2030.

Participating cities and states contribute $6.2 trillion to the U.S. economy and include Oregon and cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Houston as well as smaller cities like Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Dubuque, Iowa. In total, the undersigned businesses and investors account for a total annual revenue of $1.4 trillion and include over 20 Fortune 500 companies, including Apple, eBay, Gap Inc., Google, Intel, Microsoft and Nike.

The open letter/statement was coordinated by Climate Mayors, National League of Cities, Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, C40, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Climate Nexus, Second Nature, Georgetown Climate Center, ICLEI, Ready for 100, CDP, Center for American Progress, the California Governor’s Office, Rocky Mountain Institute, C2ES, Ceres, The B Team, We Mean Business and World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

For more information about the city’s ongoing climate and energy effort, including Boulder’s Climate Commitment, visit www.BoulderClimate.com.

To view the full statement, quotes and list of signatories, visit: www.WeAreStillIn.com

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