From Green Right Now Reports
Friday will be a milestone day for the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement with the planned announcement that the group has reached 1,000 signatures. Mayors representing 85 million Americans will have signed the pledge to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in U.S. cities in line with Kyoto Protocol standards.
U.S. Conference of Mayors President Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels will make announcement during the Conference’s Leadership Meeting from Oct. 1 to Oct. 3 at the Westin Seattle Hotel, where 60-plus U.S. mayors will discuss the continuing recession and “green” economic recovery with White House and Obama Cabinet Officials.
Officials who will address the mayors include U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, HUD Deputy Secretary Ron Sims, National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske, U.S. Census Bureau Director Dr. Robert Grover, Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller, White House Urban Affairs Office Director Aldofo Carrion and White House Chair on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley. Other federal officials will cover topics such as stimulus implementation, climate protection, green jobs, and other federal policies that impact urban and metropolitan areas – many of which have unemployment rates above 10 percent.
The Conference also plans to release a Climate Protection City Profile report that outlines specific actions mayors are taking to make their cities more energy efficient and meet the goals of the Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement. Mayor Nickels, who will lead a delegation of mayors supporting Secretary of State Clinton and President Obama at the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, initially introduced the agreement in February of 2005 in response to federal inaction on the Kyoto Protocol. The Conference has since held summits on alternative vehicles (2006), green buildings (2006) and climate change (2007).