Austin mayor meeting with leaders from around the world in Mexico

Mayor Steve Adler (KXAN Photo)
Mayor Steve Adler (KXAN Photo)

MEXICO CITY (KXAN) — Austin Mayor Steve Adler is in Mexico City on Wednesday to speak at the annual Mayor Summit gathering leaders from the most influential cities around the world.

The event features the mayors of more than 40 cities who have taken steps towards climate change action and increasing business opportunities for residents. They are talking about a number of subjects, including climate change and economic issues.

“Economic growth and environmental stewardship enhance one another in Austin. We thrive because we prioritize both,” said Mayor Adler. “Cities will help lead the way on climate change, because many of the relevant decisions with transit, renewable energy generation, and conservation are being made at the local level.”

Adler was chosen due to Austin’s strides towards carbon-free municipal operations by the year 2020, zero waste by 2040 and zero carbon emissions by 2050. Austin is also operating under 28 percent renewable energy with the use of wind power by the LCRA.

On Thursday, Adler will speak a panel called “Compact, Connected, Resilient Cities: Planning our Future City.”

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