Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)
6/13/2005 11:00:00 AM
U.S. Mayors Endorse Nickels’ Climate Protection Agreement
Unanimous support for efforts to reduce global warming
SEATTLE - Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels’ Climate Protection Agreement received unanimous support today from U.S. Conference of Mayors at its annual meeting being held in Chicago.
“I am deeply honored and grateful to my colleagues for their strong support of my Climate Protection Agreement," said Nickels. "Mayors across America are making it clear; we’re not going to wait for the federal government to do something to prevent the production of greenhouse gases. We’re going to step up and provide the leadership at the local level, city by city.”
Mayor Nickels plans to continue his effort to get cities across the country to sign on to the Climate Protection Agreement. Strategies developed by cities that sign the agreement will be shared and made available to the public. The Climate Protection Agreement was launched on February 16, the day the Kyoto Protocol went into effect in 141 other countries. In it, Nickels challenged Seattle and other U.S. cities to meet or beat the goals of the protocol, which call for a 7 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Before the Chicago meeting 164 cities had signed on to the Agreement.
During the meeting Nickels also accepted the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ “2005 City Livability Award” for his Seattle Climate Protection Initiative. City Livability Awards recognize mayors for exemplary leadership in developing and implementing programs that improve the quality of life in their cities. Seattle won top honors in the category for cities over 100,000. Nickels’ Climate Protection Initiative is a comprehensive program to improve Seattle’s quality of life and reduce global warming pollution.
“Seattle is a city that recognizes the importance of climate protection,” Nickels said. “This is a great honor for me, and for all of Seattle’s citizens who are committed to protecting our environment for coming generations.”
Mayor Nickels was also elected to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Board of Trustees. There are thirteen Trustees who serve as leaders in the organization. Each mayor who is a Trustee is also on the Executive Committee.
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