Environment

Bipartisan Brownfields Bill Overwhelmingly Passes House by a Vote of 409-8 USCM Recommendations Included in Final Bill

The House of Representatives passed the bipartisan, H.R. 3017, the Brownfields Enhancement, Economic Redevelopment, and Reauthorization Act of 2017, on November 30 by an impressive vote of 409-8. Brownfields are abandoned or underutilized properties whose redevelopment in hindered by real or perceived contamination. The Conference of Mayors worked with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in [...]

By | 2017-12-01T13:28:25+00:00 December 1, 2017|Brownfields, Environment, Updates|

Nation’s Mayors, Cities, Counties and Regions Applaud Passage of the Brownfields Enhancement Economic Development & Reauthorization Act

Bill Marks Critical Step Forward in Providing Essential Funding Washington, DC – The U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties and the National Association of Regional Councils today released the following statement applauding passage of the Brownfields Enhancement Economic Development and Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 3017): “We commend members [...]

By | 2017-11-30T17:40:15+00:00 November 30, 2017|Environment, News, Press Room|

U.S. Conference of Mayors Responds to EPA’s Announcement to Repeal Clean Power Plan Rule

Washington, DC — U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu released the following statement in response to the EPA’s announcement today to repeal the Clean Power Plan rule: “We are disappointed in the Administration’s decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan and would urge them to rethink their position. The [...]

By | 2017-10-10T15:37:09+00:00 October 10, 2017|Environment, News, Press Room|

American Mayors and Businesses: Building Partnerships for a Low-Carbon Future

American Mayors and Businesses: Building Partnerships for a Low-Carbon Future is a joint report by the United States Conference of Mayors and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (CC2ES). It was released during Climate Week NYC in September of 2017. Download The Report: American Mayors and Businesses: Building Partnerships for a Low-Carbon Future

By | 2017-10-05T12:30:15+00:00 September 17, 2017|Alliance for a Sustainable Future, Environment, Reports|

 Survey Finds U.S. Mayors Taking Action on Climate Protection, and Planning for More

Cities are promoting renewable electricity, low-carbon transportation, and energy efficiency to reduce emissions MIAMI BEACH, FL – Cities across the country are showing leadership in promoting renewable electricity, low-carbon transportation, and energy efficiency, according to preliminary results of a survey jointly conducted by The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the Center for Climate and [...]

By | 2017-06-26T18:20:43+00:00 June 24, 2017|85th Annual Meeting, Energy, Environment, Press Room|

Newton (MA) and Long Beach (CA) Mayors Win 1st Place for Their Climate Protection Efforts

  Award Winners Announced at U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting in Miami Beach Miami Beach, FL  – The Mayors of Newton and Long Beach are the nation’s top winners in the 2017 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards, an initiative sponsored by The U.S. Conference of Mayors and Walmart.  The winners were announced today during the Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards luncheon, which [...]

By | 2017-06-23T12:42:29+00:00 June 23, 2017|85th Annual Meeting, Energy, Environment, News, Press Room|

Mayors Undeterred by Paris Climate Accord Withdrawal

Bipartisan Group Reinforces Commitment to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Cities on Conference Call Today Washington, D.C. – The nation’s mayors today said they are undeterred by the decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord and expressed their unwavering commitment to continue efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to alleviate the impacts of global warming [...]

By | 2017-06-02T16:40:51+00:00 June 2, 2017|Energy, Environment, News, Press Room|

Mayors To Voice Strong Opposition To Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord

  Hold Press Conference Call – Friday, June 2, 2017 at 12 noon ET to Reinforce Commitment to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Cities Washington, D.C. – The nation’s mayors will voice their strong opposition to President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord on a PRESS CONFERENCE CALL tomorrow, Friday, June 2, at 12 [...]

By | 2017-06-02T05:51:25+00:00 June 2, 2017|Energy, Environment, Media Advisories, Press Room|

Mayors Strongly Oppose Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord

Vow Continued Commitment to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions  Washington, D.C. – The United States Conference of Mayors strongly opposes President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord and has vowed that the nation’s mayors will continue their commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to alleviate the impacts of global warming. "The U.S. Conference of Mayors [...]

Mayors Buttigieg and Dupree Testify on Wastewater and Stormwater Costs Request to Congress – Pass Integrated Planning and Affordability Legislation

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg testified on behalf of The US Conference of Mayors and Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree testified on behalf of the National League of Cities before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment, on the high costs of Clean Water Act (CWA) mandates and the need to [...]

By | 2017-05-22T22:52:39+00:00 May 19, 2017|Environment, Mayors Water Council, Updates|

On Task, On Time, On Budget: How Mayors Build, Maintain, and Renew America’s Infrastructure

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Extraordinary Measures Taken to Diversify Sustainable Water Supplies in Western Cities

  The Mayors Water Council convened their spring 2017 meeting in Santa Barbara, hosted by Mayor Helene Schneider on April 13-14, 2017. Mayor and Water Council Co-Chair Jill Techel led a diverse group of mayors, local and state elected officials and their representatives, staff from regional water control districts and national experts from industry in [...]

By | 2017-05-08T13:52:47+00:00 May 8, 2017|Environment, Mayors Water Council, Updates|

Mayors Bollwage and Panto Provide Initial Comments on Draft Legislation, Testify on Brownfileds Reauthorization

Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage testified for the second time in two weeks regarding the importance of reauthorizing the brownfields law and providing initial comments on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s draft legislation. Mayor Bollwage testified on behalf of the Conference of Mayors while another USCM member, Easton (PA) Mayor Sal Panto testified on behalf of [...]

By | 2017-04-04T16:37:33+00:00 April 4, 2017|Brownfields, Environment, News, Updates|

Elizabeth (NJ) Mayor Chris Bollwage to Testify on Brownfields Reauthorization

Washington, D.C. – On behalf of The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) Elizabeth, New Jersey Mayor Chris Bollwage will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment on Tuesday, April 4th at 10 a.m. ET during a hearing on Brownfields Reauthorization. Mayor Bollwage, who testified last week before the House Transportation and Infrastructure [...]

By | 2017-04-03T12:04:49+00:00 April 3, 2017|Environment, Media Advisories|

Testimony of Mayor J. Christian Bollwage on “Discussion Draft: Brownfields Reauthorization”

Testimony of Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage for The U.S. Conference of Mayors Before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment on “Discussion Draft: Brownfields Reauthorization” INTRODUCTION My name is Chris Bollwage, I am the Mayor of Elizabeth, NJ and have served as Mayor since 1993. I’m a Trustee for The U.S. Conference of Mayors and I have [...]

By | 2017-04-04T10:31:19+00:00 April 3, 2017|Energy, Environment, Testimony|

The U.S. Conference of Mayors Issues Statement on Energy Independence and Economic Growth Executive Order

  Washington, D.C. – U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran today issued the following statement in response to the Administration’s Executive Order titled ‘Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth’: "The U.S. Conference of Mayors is a strong proponent of the need to address climate change and supports the Paris agreement, which [...]

By | 2017-03-29T18:14:17+00:00 March 29, 2017|Energy, Environment, Press Room|

Mayors Testify Today on Environmental Priorities, Push for Brownfields and Integrated Planning Legislation

Conference of Mayors Brownfields Chair Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray and Rialto (CA) Mayor Deborah Robertson testified on March 28, regarding Conference of Mayors environmental priorities. Mayors Bollwage and Robertson testified on reauthorizing the brownfields law on the House side while Mayor Gray encouraged the Senate to pass new legislation that [...]

By | 2017-03-28T16:03:20+00:00 March 28, 2017|Environment, Mayors Water Council, Updates|

Lancaster Mayor Gray to Testify on Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act

Washington, D.C. – On behalf of The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) Lancaster, Pennsylvania Mayor Rick Gray will testify before the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife on Tuesday, March 28th at 2:30 pm ET on the Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act of 2017 (S.692). During his testimony, Mayor Gray will [...]

By | 2017-03-27T17:23:02+00:00 March 27, 2017|Environment, Media Advisories|

Mayor Gray’s Testimony Before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife

Introductions Good morning Chairman Boozman, Ranking Member Duckworth, and members of the Committee. I thank you for this invitation to give mine and the Conference of Mayors’ perspective on water and wastewater issues in the United States. My name is Rick Gray and I am the Mayor of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  I have spent the last [...]

By | 2017-03-28T14:19:47+00:00 March 27, 2017|Environment, Testimony|

Elizabeth Mayor Bollwage to Testify on Brownfields Redevelopment as a Means of Economic Development, Job Creation

  Washington, D.C. – On behalf of The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) Elizabeth, New Jersey Mayor Christian Bollwage will testify before the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment on Tuesday, March 28th at 10 a.m. ET during a hearing titled “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Revitalizing American Communities through the Brownfields Program.” [...]

By | 2017-03-27T14:21:55+00:00 March 27, 2017|Environment, Media Advisories|