Implementing Climate Action in America’s Cities

The recently passed Inflation Reduction Act is a massive economic and climate package and includes a $60 billion commitment to environmental justice. National leaders pledge that economically disadvantaged communities grappling with pollution and health disparities will have access to these funds, but what does implementation look like on the ground? What’s next for cities on the green and just transition? The 2022 Menino Survey of Mayors revealed that nearly all mayors worry about local impacts of climate change and see regulatory powers as their strongest potential climate tools.

This session was broadcasted on January 31st at 2:00pm EST live across The Rockefeller Foundation’s social media pages (TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and YouTube).

#HappeningNow – Tune in for our latest #RFBreakthrough: Implementing Climate Action in America’s Cities, a conversation with local experts on climate justice and how the Inflation Reduction Act might transform front-line communities. Moderated by The Rockefeller Foundation’s Rachel Isacoff, panelists Nathaniel Smith of Partnership for Southern Equity, Justin Bibb, 58th Mayor of Cleveland Ohio, and […]

The Rockefeller Foundation’s Panel of Experts:


Rachel Isacoff
Manager, Economic Policy and Climate Justice,
Economic Equity Initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation


Justin Bibb
58th Mayor of the City of Cleveland


Nathaniel Smith
Founder and CEqO of Partnership for Southern Equity


Katie Kienbaum
Senior Researcher for ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative


With introductory remarks by Boston University