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Cities & Climate Action Forum

The Cities & Climate Action Forum was launched with a $125,000 start-up grant from the Climate Action Fund of Environment and Climate Change Canada in 2019. It is an interactive platform that seeks to empower youth, other community builders, and municipal governments to work for institutional climate mitigation action at the local level. Upwards of 60% of Greenhouse Gas (GhG) emissions are committed and/or regulated by municipalities. Cities must therefore be part of the solution to the climate crisis.

The Forum is hosted by Windsor Law with law students leading much of its work. Our mission is three-fold:

  1. public engagement on climate change and the need for municipalities to act;
  2. capacity-building for collaborative and coordinated climate mitigation action at the local level; and
  3. direct assistance to municipalities and other local institutions

To invite us to lead a workshop for your organisation, to discuss opportunities for collaboration, or to request direct research assistance for your municipality or other local public institution on climate change mitigation-related policy development, please contact one of our project leads at the below coordinates. And please follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @CityClimateAct.

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Project Partners

  • Windsor Law University of Windsor logo
  • University of Windsor logo
  • Odette School of Business logo
  • Windsor International Film Festival logo

    Our People

    Project Leads


    Anneke Smit

    Director, Windsor Law Centre for Cities
    Associate Professor

    Patricia Galvão Ferreira

    Patricia Galvão Ferreira

    Assistant Professor


    Jaclyn Meloche, Project Manager

    Jaclyn Meloche

    Project Manager

    Alley Biniarz Communications Officer

    Alley Biniarz

    Communications Officer

    Advisory Committee

    Pascale Chapdelaine

    Pascale Chapdelaine

    Associate Professor

    Deanna Fougere, Special Assignment Literacy Teacher at Greater Essex County District School Board

    Deanna Fougere

    Special Assignment Literacy Teacher
    Greater Essex County District School Board

    Beverly Jacobs

    Beverly Jacobs

    Assistant Professor

    Laverne Jacobs, PhD

    Laverne Jacobs

    Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies
    Associate Professor

    Jasminka Kalajdzic

    Jasminka Kalajdzic

    Associate Professor

    Karina Richters, Supervisor, Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change

    Karina Richters

    Supervisor, Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change City of Windsor

    Tess Sheldon

    Tess Sheldon

    Assistant Professor
    Externships Director

    Gemma Smyth

    Gemma Smyth

    Associate Dean (Academic) Associate Professor

    Valarie Waboose, Assistant Professor, Windsor Law

    Valarie Waboose

    Assistant Professor

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