1,000 Mayors and Counting…

WPB among the 1,000 Cities that Have Signed Historic Climate Change Pact

(Friday, October 2, 2009)  A total of one thousand mayors, including West Palm Beach Mayor Lois J. Frankel, have now signed the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement-a landmark pledge for mayors across the country to take bold action to significantly reduce carbon emissions in cities.

The Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement is in line with Kyoto Protocol standards and calls for reduction in carbon emissions by 7% below 1990 levels.  Now, 1,000 mayors representing 86 million Americans are promising to reduce carbon emissions in their cities by 2012.  Mayor Frankel signed the agreement in 2007.

“West Palm Beach is proud to be among the 1,000 cities pledging to fight climate change through this truly bipartisan effort,” said Mayor Frankel. “We will continue to promote sustainability in our community and be a part of this national movement.”
The City has already taken major steps towards the goal of reducing carbon emissions.  In 2008, Mayor Frankel created the City Office of Sustainability.  In early 2009, the City hosted its first-ever Green Summit to develop a sustainability “greenprint.”  The City is also advised on environmental issues by the City Green Task Force, an all-volunteer citizen’s group.

The City has already found efficiencies in the water system, reducing energy use and saving millions of gallons of water.  The new Waterfront Pavilion, currently under construction, will be the City’s first LEED-certified facility.  The City will be using federal funds to make economically-qualified homes more energy efficient, saving residents money and reducing both energy and water use.  The City also has an ongoing environmental conservation educational program through Grassy Waters Preserve.

The announcement of the 1,000th signatory occurred during The U.S. Conference of Mayors Leadership Meeting in Seattle, Washington, where more than 60 mayors have come together.