Wednesday, April 29, 2009

UTC on the agenda as mayors discuss local sustainability efforts; US; 4/27/09

Mayors Discuss Local Sustainability Efforts Nation's Cities Weekly - Washington,DC,USA
A cross-section of mayors from around the country offered their perspectives on steps cities can take to become more sustainable during the closing session of the Green Cities Conference and Expo in Portland, Ore.Portland Mayor Sam Adams, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, Mary Hamman-Roland, mayor of Apple Valley, Minn., and Ellen Moyer, mayor of Annapolis, Md., shared their perspectives of what they have done in their cities and how cities of all sizes can learn from each other to better the planet.
“This is a special time,” Moyer said, “There is an opportunity to develop a real environmental ethic.”Annapolis has the highest urban tree canopy in the state of Maryland, Moyer said, and has progressive ordinances that encourage a commitment to the environment. The city also has an environmental stewardship awards program for restaurants and one in the works for households

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