A Call to Action
What You Can Do
- Save energy and water.
- Use alternative transportation, ride a bike or drive hybrid or electric vehicles.
- Reduce, reuse and recycle
- Buy local, choose organics.
- Consider the carbon footprint of meat.
- Grow a backyard garden and compost.
- Choose native plants, natural fertilizers and pesticides.
What Communities Can Do
U.S. Conference of Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement
In 2005, Mayor Lois Frankel signed the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement with the long term goal of reducing the City’s carbon footprint by 70% by 2050, as well as targeted goals for the interim years. In 2008, our first greenhouse gas baseline was established. The City has implemented initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through our Energy Performance Contract as well as from our EECGB grant. Another greenhouse gas emission measurement will be taken after the close of 2013 to verify and document performance results.
Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan
The City of West Palm Beach has met with leaders of the SE Florida Regional Climate Action Plan (RCAP) and currently has the plan under review for consideration. The Regional Climate Action Plan was executed by Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach Counties in January 2010 to coordinate mitigation and adaptation activities across county lines.
The City is a member of the ICLEI network which provides cutting-edge tools, trainings, technical support to develop ongoing strategies for reducing green house gas emissions.
We are a member of the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) organization and attended the 2013 Rising Seas Summit to learn more about resiliency planning.
President Obama’s Climate Action Plan
In his speech on June 25, 2013, President Obama addressed climate change by announcing a series of Executive actions to reduce carbon pollution and to help prepare the U.S. for the impacts of climate change. 97% of scientsts agree that greenhouse gas pollution from human activity contribute significantly towards climate change. For the naysayers and special interest groups, Obama quipped “We don’t have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society”. That science, in fact “tells us that our planet is changing in ways that will have profound impacts on all of humankind.”.
Climate and weather disasters cost the American economy more than $100 billion in 2012. In response, Obama has called upon the EPA to move forward with climate change regulations to limit carbon emissions from coal and gas-fired utilities by no later than June, 2014 and urges Americans to invest in clean energy and green technology.
“Someday, our children, and our children’s children, will look at us in the eye and they’ll ask us, did we do all that we could when we had the chance to deal with this problem and leave them a cleaner, safer, more stable world? And I want to be able to say, yes, we did. Don’t you want that?
Resilient Communities for America
In June of 2013, ICLEI joined together with the National League of Cities, WWF, and USGBC to launch the Resilient Communities for America campaign which will be reviewed and considered by the City.
US Army Corps of Engineers
The US Army Corps of Engineers offers information regarding resiliency planning for sea level rise.