Nation’s Mayors Expand Their Commitment to Attack Local Climate Challenges

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At its 82nd Annual U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting, the nation’s mayors renewed their longstanding commitment to fight climate change by reducing carbon emissions, promoting energy independence and efficiency and developing renewable energy.  Mayor Jeri Muoio joined with other USCM leaders to sign a revised agreement that for the first time emphasizes local actions to adapt cities to changing climatic conditions and to build grassroots support for local conservation initiatives.

The Agreement also urges federal and state governments to enact bipartisan legislation, policies and programs to assist mayors in their efforts to lead the nation toward energy independence, create American jobs that can’t be shipped overseas, protect our environment, eliminate waste, and fight climate change.

First launched ten years ago in February of 2005, the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement was a landmark pledge by mayors from all across the country to take local action to reduce carbon emissions from city operation and by the community at large, consistent with the goals of the Kyoto Protocol.  More than 1060 mayors signed the Agreement, mostly representing larger cities. Mayor Lois Frankle signed the original agreement which ultimately lead to the establishment of the City of West Palm Beach’s Office of Sustainability.

Read full agreement: Final USCM 2014 Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.

Urban garden takes root in West Palm Beach

By Eliot Kleinberg, Palm Beach Post, June 6, 2014

“Finally, and behind schedule, what had been a forsaken vacant lot is starting to take shape as Urban Growers Community Farm, the city’s first urban garden.

Urban Garden

Photo by Lannis Waters, Urban garden takes root in West Palm Beach

Urban Garden beds

Photo by Lannis Waters, Urban garden takes root in West Palm Beach

“A 6-foot tall, 600-foot long black aluminum fence is going up around the farm at 1400 Henrietta Ave.

“The fence originally had encircled the Edward J. Healey Rehabilitation Center; after the center moved in 2013 from 45th Street to Blue Heron Boulevard, the Palm Beach County Facilities Development and Operations Department donated the fence to the farm.

“And on May 27, a truck brought 13 cubic feet of soil and 240 cinder blocks, donated by the Urban League of Palm Beach County.

“The materials will go into six raised beds. When completed, each bed will be used by residents of the Coleman Park, Historic Northwest and Pleasant City neighborhoods who wish to grow their own fresh produce.”

Read full article.

U.S. EPA Clean Power Plan Unveiled June 2

epa whiteboardPosted: June 6, 2014

“The Clean Power Plan has two main parts: state-specific goals to lower carbon pollution from power plants and guidelines to help the states develop their plans for meeting the goals.”

The EPA is hoping to build on programs already working.

“Existing programs also recognize the interconnected nature of the power sector – looking from “plant to plug” to find cost-effective and proven solutions. For example, 47 states have utilities that run demand-side energy efficiency programs, 38 states have renewable portfolio standards or goals, and 10 states have market-based greenhouse gas emissions reduction programs.”


Learn more through short videos, fact sheets or read the whole plan.

EPA will have public hearings and is taking public comment.

Water Savings Incentive Program 2014: Toilet Voucher


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Green My WPB School Award Winner: Northboro Elementary School

Posted: June 5, 2014

Northboro Judges choice award picCongratulations to Northboro Elementary School, the winner of the Green My School: WPB School Challenge Award!

This $500 award is given by the City of West Palm Beach Office of Sustainability in coordination with the PBC/FAU Green Schools Recognition Program to a school in the City of West Palm Beach which has achieved exemplary implementation of green initiatives through the program.

Launching officially in the Fall, the Green My School Challenge Initiative will provide support for West Palm Beach schools in gaining recognition through the PBC/FAU Green Schools Recognition Program. Visit the PBC/FAU Green Schools Recognition Program program’s website at and contact Matthew Ferrer at 561.804.4984 or regarding the Office of Sustainability’s Green My School Challenge Initiative.