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Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl today announced her participation in the 2016 U.S.-China Climate-Smart/Low-Carbon Cities Summit June 7 and 8 in Beijing, China. Mayor Tisdahl joins leaders and representatives from 21 U.S. cities, including Boston, New York, Chicago and San Francisco, and more than 40 Chinese cities attending the Summit.

Jointly organized by the United States and China, the Summit is an opportunity for U.S. and Chinese state and local government, private sector and civil society leaders to share experiences in building low-carbon, climate-resilient communities. The Summit aims to promote the implementation of the U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change made by President Obama and President Xi in 2014, as well as the Paris agreement made in 2015.

The Summit will feature over a dozen sessions led by leading non-governmental organizations, research institutes, and government agencies, a low-carbon exhibition, as well as major announcements in areas such as transportation, access to financing, and city-level partnerships.

Mayor Tisdahl is attending the conference at the invitation of The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and costs for her attendance are being covered by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Earlier this year, Mayor Tisdahl committed to the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of city leaders dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, making their communities more resilient to climate change, and regularly reporting their progress publicly.This year, the City is on pace to achieve the goals laid out in the 2014 Evanston Livability Plan, which pledged to reduce emissions by 20 percent relative to 2005 baseline levels.

For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.