Overall, it was interesting to see that the research we did together showed shifts towards networked climate governance in the handful of cities we examined. Portland, Vancouver, Boston, and Chicago all showed significant shifts in the way they were pursuing their climate and sustainability policies.
Each city had its own unique characteristic. But overall we saw trends towards:
- greater inclusion of non-municipal actors in planning and implementation,
- an increased focus on the co-benefits that arrise from climate change initiatives,
- and increased levels of coordination across different municipal departments to achieve climate and sustainability goals.
Whether this shift will lead to more ambitious objectives and more effective implementation remains to be seen. It's also not clear if this emerging more holistic approach to climate policy will shift the larger accepted discourse and methodology that currently guides urban approaches to climate change. But those questions will be interesting targets for future research.
It was great working with all of you this week. Best of luck with the start of the new semester and don't hesitate to contact me if you want to follow-up on any of the ideas we covered.