Executive Director's Column
November 16, 2007
We are proud to present to you our special edition of U.S. Mayor devoted totally to giving you an insight of the fantastic Mayors Climate Protection Summit we all worked so hard to make a success in the great city of Seattle.
While the coverage in this edition speaks for itself, I think it is important to mention a few of the developments that will take us forward as we grow our U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Center.
The Clinton Foundation/U.S. Conference of Mayors partnership signed will move us forward to service our cities through business initiatives. You will hear more from us soon on how to take advantage of our new partnership. We are most appreciative to President Clinton’s sincerity and his belief in America’s cities. He was that way when he was our President and he still is. It was sheer fun to see him interact with mayors on the key issues we face. His political and intellectual capacity on the climate protection issues is overwhelming and we are thankful and pleased he has opened the doors of his Foundation to The U.S. Conference of Mayors.
America’s mayors await a federal government that will open up our government to work with us. Meantime, we still have President Clinton — and his Foundation. And together with him and his team we will move forward.
The Congressional Hearing during our Summit is historic and we hope Congressmen attending will take the message back from 102 mayors that we want and need passage of our $2 billion energy and environment block grant program now. Mayors assembled in Seattle signed a letter urging Congress to get on it, to move off dead center and pass the energy bill which contains our block grant initiative.
Mayors continue to sign on to our Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. Just this week Conference President Doug Palmer is speaking to the New Jersey League of Municipalities and he is urging New Jersey mayors to sign on to our Climate Protection Agreement. Today, we have more than 730 mayors signed on and the signing continues.
As we have said, signing on to the agreement is a must and we are also saying that once you sign the agreement, you must do everything in your power to meet the climate protection goals. We are pleased with our report of Best Practices, released at our Mayors Climate Summit, which gives you some of the best examples of what cities are doing to meet the deadlines contained in our Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. Our Best Practices Division within our organization continues to increase and this information is absolutely essential as we share with all cities the best practices of other cities. It means so much to know about the already proven best practices of all cities so that all cities may learn and implement. Mayor Bloomberg was quick to report that he had visited Miami to learn what Miami Mayor Manny Diaz is doing so that he can take the ideas back to New York. We need more of this. Our USCM Climate Protection Center will give us more and more best practices.
No doubt, climate protection is a challenge that America faces for many years ahead of us. I am very proud of our mayors and our organization and the leadership we are giving on this issue facing our planet.
The Mayors Climate Protection Summit in Seattle was another step — and a huge one — as mayors go forward leading the nation to engage our people to change behavior and thus do our part to protect our planet and save our planet. Mayors attending our Summit are more determined than ever to do their part. They want more on this issue and we will give it to them through our Climate Protection Center and the very special meetings like the one we just completed in Seattle as well as our Winter Meeting here in Washington, DC next January and our Annual Meeting in Miami next June. We are here to serve you to share information as we together meet the goals of our Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. Let us hear from you. It is most important.