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Repowering CitiesGoverning Climate Change Mitigation in New York City, Los Angeles, and Toronto$
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Sara Hughes

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501740411

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501740411.001.0001

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Prospects and Consequences of Repowering Cities

Prospects and Consequences of Repowering Cities

(p.165) Conclusion Prospects and Consequences of Repowering Cities
Repowering Cities

Sara Hughes

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter highlights the book's major findings and explores the remaining challenges and tradeoffs inherent in today's locally led climate change agenda. While the cities have made demonstrable progress on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, they are now facing the challenge of scaling up their efforts as new targets for 2030 loom. The chapter then discusses ways the cities can and are using the governing strategies to do this: by building participatory decision-making institutions, building capacity for climate “smart” governance, and expanding and stabilizing the coalition for climate change mitigation. However, the need for a “big tent” approach to climate change mitigation to make the citywide changes necessary for reducing GHG emissions 80 percent increases the complexity of interests and challenges of coordination. The scope of a viable urban climate change coalition may ultimately set the limits of a locally led mitigation agenda.

Keywords:   climate change agenda, greenhouse gas emissions, cities, governing strategies, climate smart governance, climate change mitigation, urban climate change coalition

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