The Guadalajara metropolis has a Climate Action Plan on a metropolitan scale that establishes a route to achieve a carbon-neutral, resilient, and inclusive city through its metropolitan coordination mechanism.

Dr. Silva will present the challenges and strengths of applying this plan, as well as the actions to be implemented in terms of mitigation, adaptation, and governance.


Dr. Mario Ramón Silva 

Dr. Silva served as Director of Mobility and Transport at the Guadalajara Municipal Government, as well as General Director of the Planning and Development Management Institute of the Metropolitan Area of Guadalajara (IMEPLAN). From 2017-2021, Silva Rodríguez consolidated the metropolitan coordination system and promoted the creation of planning and development management instruments, such as the Metropolitan Climate Action Plan (PACmetro), the Integral Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (PIMUS) and the Metropolitan Risk Atlas, among others. He participated in the 2021 UN Conference on Climate Change (COP 26) and received the Global Climate Action Award, under the Climate Leadership category, on behalf of the Metropolitan Area of Guadalajara. He has a degree in International Relations from ITESO, a master’s degree in Government, State and Municipal Public Administration from El Colegio de Jalisco, and holds a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis on pedagogical mediation from the La Salle Costa Rica University.

Dr. Toni Castro-Cosío

Dr. Toni Castro-Cosío is a member of the CSU Board and Executive Committee. She is a Senior Behavioral Researcher at Duke University’s Center for Advanced Hindsight, where she does research on Financial Inclusion and Social components of urban communities. She has a PhD. in Public and Urban Policy from the New School for Social Research and MSc. in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to describe the objectives, goals and mechanisms of the Climate Action Plan of the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area, first enunciated in 2020.
  • Participants will be able to discuss how Guadalajara has established a route to achieve a carbon neutral, resilient and inclusive city through its metropolitan coordination mechanism.
  • Illustrate the process of ORG for getting transform3. Participants will be able to illustrate how Guadalajara has met the challenges involved in the implication of the Climate Action Plan, as well as the actions being planned and currently being taken in regard to mitigation, adaptation and governance.
  • Participants will be able to identify how the Climate Action Plan for Guadalajara addresses, in particular, the comprehensive management of waste, an integrated metropolitan system of mass transit including non-motorized means of mobility, the efficient use of energy, and the supply of renewable energy.
  • Participants will be able to recognize how the metropolitan institutional structure contributed to the generation, development, and implementation of the PACmetro.

See: Sustentabilidad y Cambio Climático – IMEPLAN

Collaborating Organizations

Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization, UN-Habitat, AIA New York, AIANY Planning & Design, the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, Habitat Professionals Forum for Sustainable Cities, Perkins-Eastman, Creative Exchange Lab, Global Urban Development (GUD) and Columbia Center for Buildings, Infrastructure & Public Space.

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