77th Annual Meeting

AMERICAN INVESTMENTS TO SOLVE ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY CHALLENGES AND CREATE NEW JOBS IN AMERICA

WHEREAS, more than 50 mayors and other leaders met at The U.S. Conference of Mayors' Action Forum on Environment and Energy in Miami on October 1-2, 2008, to develop an action agenda on Environment and Energy; and

WHEREAS, following that meeting a working group of mayors drafted a national action agenda on Environment and Energy; and

WHEREAS, that national action agenda includes a series of findings and recommendations relating to solve environmental and energy challenges and create new jobs in America; and

WHEREAS, the mayors found that:

  • Addressing our nation's environmental and energy challenges require an expanded partnership between Mayors and the federal government, especially in metropolitan areas which can have the most significant impact on the climate change issues that face the nation;

  • These investments will not only help solve our environmental and energy challenges but they will also serve as a catalyst for new jobs in America;

  • According to research conducted by Global Insight and The U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Center, in 2006 there were more than 750,000 Green Jobs in the U.S. economy;

  • It is estimated that by 2038, 4.2 million new jobs could be created, if certain policies and investments were made in the United States;

  • This could provide as much as 10% of the new job growth in the economy over the next 30 years,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that The United States Conference of Mayors adopts as its policy on American Investments called for by the mayors in the National Action Agenda on Environment and Energy to urge the President and Congress to accelerate improvements to the nation through:

  • Fully fund the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program at the authorized level and move toward a $4 billion annual funding level;

  • Increase federal funding commitments to public transit and non-motorized travel options and allocate available transportation resources directly to metropolitan areas;

  • Green the U.S. Tax Code (e.g., incentivize energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy supplies, and transit-oriented development as well as commercial and residential development resulting in lower carbon emissions.