US mayors lead the way on climate change

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — U.S. mayors continue to lead the fight against climate change through innovative policies and programs that build climate resilience, promote clean energy use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in cities across the country. In recognition of the 52nd Earth Day, President of the United States Conference of Mayors Mayor of Miami Francois X. Suarez released the following statement:

“As mayors, we have a responsibility to protect our environment, our residents and our economies – today and for future generations. In cities of all sizes, mayors are setting ambitious climate goals and making their cities cleaner , healthier, more resilient, etc. This is a global challenge, requiring action at all levels of government, but it is mayors who are in charge at the moment. energy, enthusiasm and commitment at the local level, I am convinced that together we can meet the great challenge of our generation.”

Here are some examples of climate plans and initiatives from cities across America:

Austin, TX Mayor Steve Adler

Austin has set a goal for all of the city’s electricity to be 100% carbon-free by 2035. To achieve this, the city has begun transitioning the city’s fleet to electric vehicles, a step that will see the city to save on average $1,300 per vehicle, or an estimate $3.5 million over the next ten years.

Beverly, Mass. Mayor Michael Cahill

beverly began transitioning its school fleet to all-electric vehicles and rapidly building electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the city. The city also recently opened a new geothermally heated and cooled police station and completed energy efficiency work in all schools and most buildings in the city.

Charlotte, North Carolina Mayor Vi Lyles

Charlotte began installing electric vehicle chargers throughout the city and converting the city’s bus fleet to electric vehicles. In addition, the City is working to improve the efficiency of the public transit system, in particular by building new bicycle paths and greenways.

Columbus, Ohio Mayor Andrew Ginther

Columbus has developed a climate action plan that aims to reduce emissions by 45% before 2030 and create a completely carbon-neutral city by 2050. To achieve this goal, the city has partnered with suppliers of electricity to launch the Clean Energy Columbus initiative, which will provide residents and businesses with affordable prices, Ohiobased on renewable energies.

Los Angeles, California Mayor Eric Garcetti

Los Angeles has over 500 megawatts of local solar power installed, enough to power over 140,000 homes. The city is also expanding its renewable energy portfolio with the Eland Solar and Storage Center, the country’s largest solar and battery storage facility, and the Red Cloud Wind Farm.

Mesa, Arizona Mayor Jean-Gilles

Mesa has set ambitious goals in its climate action plan, including achieving carbon neutrality and 100% renewable energy by 2050. To achieve this, the city recently purchased the first electric fire truck from the United States and begins to replace its entire fleet of light trucks with electric vehicles. The city has also partnered with Arizona State University to put its wastewater to work using algae growth membranes to remove carbon dioxide and create oxygen, healthy biomass and biofuel.

Honolulu Hawaii Mayor Rick Blangiardi

In 2016, Honolulu launched a new Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resilience. Since that step, the city has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2045 and has quintupled its solar energy production. Honolulu also modernized city facilities through an Energy Service Company partnership, integrating electric vehicles into the city fleet and measuring energy and water consumption at city facilities.

Houston, TX Mayor Sylvester Turner

Houston recently transformed an old landfill into one of the largest urban solar farms in the country through the Sunnyside Landfill solar project. Tens of thousands of solar panels will soon produce enough energy to power 5,000 homes, which means cleaner energy for the city and lower electricity bills for Sunnyside families.

Phoenix, Arizona Mayor Kate Gallego

Phoenix invested in public charging stations to entice people to buy electric vehicles and recently unveiled 20 new charging stations at the Phoenix Zoo. The city is also committed to addressing heat issues, so the city has launched a new Heat Mitigation and Response Office and an initiative to plant more trees, especially in low-income communities.

Sacramento, California Mayor Darrell Steinberg

Sacramento encourages water conservation by offering rebates of up to $1,500 for homeowners to replace their lawns with landscaping that will require less water to maintain. Over one million square feet of grass have been replaced since the program began, and the city has received over 1,000 requests from residents who want to upgrade their irrigation systems, install smart irrigation controllers and replace their toilet.

San Diego, California Mayor Todd Gloria

Cities account for around 70% of global CO2 emissions. In San Diegomayor Todd Gloria explores decarbonization strategies that would not only make the city more sustainable, but at the same time create well-paying jobs. His office recently published a study on building decarbonization policies to assess the impacts on the San Diego workforce through an ongoing clean energy transition.

Carmel, Indiana Mayor Jim Brainard

Since 1997, mayor Jim Brainard has installed more than 140 roundabouts, more than any other US city, to reduce the city’s carbon emissions. Since modern roundabouts don’t have red lights where cars stop and idle, they don’t burn as much gasoline. It is estimated that each roundabout saves approximately 20,000 gallons of fuel per year.

San Jose, California Mayor Sam Licardo

Last year, the mayor of San José Sam Licardo pledged to make the city carbon neutral by the end of the decade, becoming one of the largest cities in the United States having set the goal of carbon neutrality by 2030. And, under the leadership of Mayor Liccardo, the city has launched a Community Choice Energy Program that provides all San Jose residents with cleaner, cheaper energy than PG&E , with the possibility of switching to 100% renewable energy. The program reduces GHG emissions by more than 30%.

Additional Stories of Mayors’ Innovation on Climate Action – including Wichita, KS Mayor Brandon Whipple; Denver, CO Mayor Michael Hancock; New Orleans, LA Mayor LaToya Cantrell; Cambridge, MA Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui; and Miami, Florida Mayor and President of the United States Conference of Mayors Francois Suarez – are included in the latest climate report from the United States Conference of Mayors: “Cities Advancing Climate Action: Ledging Federal Funds for Local Impact — A Resource Guide”. This report was created by the Conference Alliance for a Sustainable Future chaired by Salt Lake City, UT Mayor Erin Mendenhall.

About the United States Conference of MayorsThe American Conference of Mayors is the official non-partisan organization for cities with a population of 30,000 or more. Today there are more than 1,400 such cities in the country, and each city is represented at the Conference by its main elected official, the mayor. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

SOURCE American Conference of Mayors

Teresa H. Sadler