The City of Windsor has earned top marks for the leadership it has shown in addressing the challenges of climate change, according to a global report by CDP Cities released Thursday.

In a survey of 800 cities around the world, Windsor was one of only 40 municipalities in North America to receive the highest grade – A – for the work it has undertaken over the past year to combat climate change. This score was up from 2018, when the report card was first issued and the city was graded A-minus.

The city’s adaptation initiatives – such as the sewer master plan, basement flooding subsidy program, downspout disconnection program – also earned an ‘A’ grade. In the category of Mitigation, Windsor received a ‘B’ grade.

In assessing Windsor’s performance, the report noted: “Your city has demonstrated best practice standards across adaptation and mitigation, has set ambitious but realistic goals and made progress toward achieving those goals. Your city has strategic, holistic plans in place to ensure the actions being taken will reduce climate impacts and vulnerabilities.”

The CDP is a reporting tool used by the Global Covenant of Mayors to help member cities disclose, standardize and benchmark their environmental data.

The latest results of the CDP Cities report reflect the hard work and commitment of Windsor council and city staff in taking direct action to cut greenhouse gas emissions and protect the city residents and infrastructure against the hazards of global warming, said Mayor Drew Dilkens.

“This Global Covenant of Mayors is an external indicator that the city is already doing a number of things and we are already on track compared to other municipalities in Canada and, especially globally, our numbers are far superior,” said Mayor Dilkens. “We need to take credit when we are doing things well and this is an external sign that we’re doing things well.”

The data was collected by the City of Windsor and analyzed by the CDP to assess how well the city is measuring, monitoring and managing its impact on the environment.

Karina Richters, supervisor of environmental sustainability and climate change, said the report was “more good news” for Windsor, which earlier this week was selected as one of 25 leading cities to take part in the Showcase Cities pilot program.