76th Annual  Meeting
The U.S. Conference of Mayors
76th Annual Meeting
June 20-24, 2008
Miami

2008 ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS

GREEN JOBS PLEDGE

WHEREAS, more than 850 mayors from the 50 states, the Districtof Columbia and Puerto Rico, representing a total population ofover 80 million citizens, have signed the U.S Mayors ClimateProtection Agreement; and

WHEREAS, Mayors and local governments are critical when it comesto leading in practical solutions in job creation, climatechange and healthy communities; and

WHEREAS, the Federal government has already approved fundsthrough the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act tostimulate the market for and promote the use of renewable energytechnologies through the Energy Efficiency and ConservationBlock Grant Program that includes specific support for greenjobs, and

WHEREAS, private sector investments in the green economy aregrowing and can be used to leverage local economic developmentthat benefits all of our residents; and

WHEREAS, the purchasing power of our local governments canincrease the markets for energy efficiencies and other greenindustries; and

WHEREAS, we can invest new local government resources intoprograms and initiatives that align existing public resources, and private sources of capital and finance, toward these samegoals,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT, The U.S. Conference of Mayors shall strengthen and make further progress on our statedcommitment to improving the environment in ways that grow boththe economy and green jobs locally; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, signatory cities shall work toenhance and develop job training programs in the public andprivate sector that provide pathways out of poverty for ourresidents by equipping them for high demand jobs in the greeneconomy; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, signatory cities shall catalyzegreen job creation and training by supporting policies that drive public and private investment in an inclusive local greeneconomy; and

BE IT FINNALLY RESOLVED THAT, we commit to sign on to the greenjobs pledge (www.usgreenjobspledge.org) and join together as amovement of local governments across the United States to seizethe economic, environmental and social opportunities offered bybuilding an inclusive green economy of high quality jobs and athriving green workforce.