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Vancouver Climate Pledge Builds on Goal to be the World’s Greenest City by 2020

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson today announced the launch of Vancouver’s Climate Pledge, demonstrating the commitment of Vancouver-based businesses to addressing climate change internationally while building a green economy locally. The announcement, made as the Mayor concludes his visit to New York during Climate Week NYC, kicks off the pledge with ten notable businesses in the City already signing on.

Vancouver’s Climate Pledge provides a formal way for Vancouver businesses to get behind the call for stronger action on climate change globally and also encourages businesses to align with Vancouver’s vision to shift to 100% renewable energy, to have their own corporate carbon reduction and renewable energy targets, and to challenge other businesses to sign the Pledge. The Pledge is a first step in many actions and programs planned to be launched by the City and the Vancouver Economic Commission in the coming months leading up to December 2015, when the world will converge on Paris, France for the COP21 Climate Conference.

“The Climate Pledge is our way of demonstrating that business leaders are behind stronger climate action,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Businesses in Vancouver have supported our goal of being the greenest city in the world by 2020, and I’m excited to bring their voice with me to the international stage at COP21 in Paris – and to watch the pledge momentum grow as businesses challenge each other to take this important step.”

According to the Vancouver Economic Commission, the biggest driver of Vancouver’s brand value – one of the strongest city brands in the world valued at 31.5 billion dollars in 2015 – is the city’s reputation for being green.

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