WHEREAS, America’s cities are the “windows” to our nation, mayors are concerned about the competitive future of their communities, and the quality of life of their citizens, the U.S. Conference of Mayors has been on the cutting edge of recognizing the debilitating effects of global warming, climate change, and the inextricable tie to jobs, and the preservation of scare natural resources in communities across the globe; and
WHEREAS, buildings in the United States are responsible for 35% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% of water consumption, and 15% of GDP per year, enhancing sustainability in all sectors of the commercial building is a business imperative to not only conserving scarce resources but also creating an estimated 2.5 million jobs; and
WHEREAS, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, retailers spend nearly $20 billion annually on energy. A 10% reduction in energy costs has an equivalent effect on operating income as a 1.26% increase in sales for the average retailer. Greening retail in communities not only saves energy and improves operating efficiencies for business owners; but enhanced sustainability practices reduces solid waste, conserves water, and improves air quality.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, The U.S. Conference of Mayors will encourage its members to work with local businesses to understand the important role retailers play in supporting sustainability goals of communities, and to encourage the retail community to transform store design and construction standards to support multiple pillars of sustainability. These pillars might include:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, The U.S. Conference of Mayors encourages mayors to make available a compendium of best practices to make retail greener and more community-friendly through city-based websites and in conjunction with local environmental agencies, best practices might include:
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, The United States Conference of Mayors believe partnerships formed between local governments, trade associations, environmental organizations, businesses, and local citizens are an efficient method to propagate effective policies that help create sustainable green retail solutions for communities.