Olympia mayor headed to Paris for climate summit

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Olympia Mayor Stephen Buxbaum has been invited to serve as a delegate to the Climate Summit for Local Leaders on Friday in Paris.

The summit is being held in connection with the United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as the 21st Conference of the Parties.

Earlier this month, Buxbaum declared Olympia’s commitment to the goals of the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of mayors and city officials pledging to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions and enhance resilience to climate change — and track their cities’ progress publicly.

Buxbaum said Wednesday Olympia is one of only about 100 cities in the United States that has signed on to the compact.

“The Compact of Mayors reinforces our city’s commitment to its people, its businesses and the environment,” Buxbaum said in a news release. “Through the Compact, we strengthen our pledge to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions, create ambitious climate targets, track progress and enhance Olympia’s climate resilience. With consistent, public reporting of our city’s climate data, we will show how our actions can effect real change.”