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International Mayors Climate Summit

Boston will host a one-day summit on climate change with mayors across the country, and around the world.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh will welcome mayors and leaders from public and private sectors to Boston for an International Mayors Climate Summit hosted at Boston University. The summit will focus on actions being taken by mayors to address climate change globally, and in their own communities.

Key Dates
  • WHEN: Thursday, June 7, 2018
  • WHERE: Boston University

The Summit is a one-day program for invited guests only. The program will be live-streamed and available to watch here on the day of the Summit.

Video: Watch the summit

Featured Speakers

Mayor Walsh is proud to bring together a set of diverse and knowledgeable speakers, including experts from the federal government, private sector, and academic arena.

The program will feature John Kerry, 68th United States Secretary of State, in conversation with Bank of America Vice Chairman, Anne Finucane, and feature remarks by Gina McCarthy, 13th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Whether the topic is resiliency, emergency preparedness, the challenges of concentrated populations, or the carbon footprint of urban industries - the role of cities in addressing climate change is one of the most important discussions of our time and there is no better place to be having that discussion than in Boston. I am honored to be joining our host and my own Mayor, Marty Walsh, and his colleagues in this conversation.

Secretary John Kerry


Image for mayor walsh with john kerry, former secretary of state and u s senator


  • List times are EST and subject to change.
  • Vivien Li, moderator
  • Mayor Martin J. Walsh, City of Boston
  • Mayor Roland Ries, City of Strasbourg
  • Bill DiCroce, Veolia
  • Bud Ris, Boston Green Ribbon Commission
  • Mindy Lubber, Ceres, moderator
  • Mayor Jackie Biskupski, Salt Lake City
  • Mayor James Palmer, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough
  • Erik Schiemann, GE Solar
  • Cutler Cleveland, Boston University
  • Jessica Bidgood, New York Times, moderator
  • Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles
  • Mayor Madeline Rogero, City of Knoxville
  • Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston
  • Mayor Martin J. Walsh, City of Boston

With Secretary John Kerry, 68th U.S. Secretary of State, and Anne Finucane, Vice Chairman, Bank of America

  • John Macomber, Harvard Business School, moderator
  • Mayor Don Iveson, City of Edmonton
  • Jens Peers, Natixis
  • Maeve Bartlett, AECOM

By Administrator Gina McCarthy, 13th Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  • Administrator Gina McCarthy, moderator
  • Mayor Sly James, Kansas City
  • Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School
  • Tracey Zhen, Zipcar

Members of the media must register to attend. 

About the Boston Climate Summit

The International Mayors Climate Summit will serve as a critical opportunity for some of the most influential mayors and leaders to strategize, collaborate, and learn from one another about approaches to the global crisis on climate change. Mayors will convene on strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and how to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

The Summit is a one-day program with invited guests at Boston University. The program will be live-streamed and available to watch on this page on the day of the Summit.

Climate change is not an issue a city can solve by itself -- but Boston’s leadership can be far-reaching. I look forward to welcoming leaders who share in our commitment to addressing climate change to Boston this summer. Together, we will continue to make our cities and our country stronger as we move forward on this very real issue.