US Mayors quote's report

It's reality that global and local climate change needs urgent attention! Already our greenhouse gas emissions are 60% less compared to the levels in 1990, but sadly we still need to do more. Our communities need to work together at setting reasonable goals on global warming solutions. Below are the views and quotes made by some of our US Mayors and people of influence regarding our community input into golbal warming. • Mayor Greg Nickels, Seattle, WA "Cities can set a leadership example in initiating programs which will reduce global warming. Education is the key and cities can lead and educate by example." • Mark Stodola, Little Rock, AR "Alaska is considered "Ground Zero" for the impacts of climate change on the environment and the indigenous people who live on it. I commend Mayor Nickels' initiative in this area and was pleased to host his first-ever visit to Alaska to witness the impacts of global warming first-hand." • • Mark Begich, Anchorage, AK "Each individual and every community has the ability to make a positive or negative impact on climate. The City of North Pole is committed to making a positive impact on climate and educating our residents on ways that they can participate in this process." • • Jeffrey James Jacobson, North Pole, AK "Arcata already has an inventory of gloal warming emissions and is working to meet the goals set in our Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan." • • Mayor Michael L. Machi, Arcata, CA "You have my personal support for Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement. Although our council vote was 2-2 on this issue, we approved for our Envirnomental Policy Committee to develop a plan for our town to meet the Agreement. Having made over a dozen trips to Alaska for work and wildlife photography, I have witnessed firsthand the reduction in glaciers and habitat. Clearly the political leaders of our country need to promote awareness and steer their constituents to take action." • • Mayor Charles E. Marsala, Atherton, CA "The Berkeley City Council unanimously approved supporting Mayor Nickels efforts."

• Mayor Tom Bates, Berkeley, CA "This has nothing to do with party affiliation. The realization is that the environment is something so pristine yet so fragile."

• Mayor Sam Y. Edgerton III, Hermosa Beach, CA "Reversing global climate change is the responsibility of each of us. The City of Chula Vista is happy to take this step in the spirit of being • the change we hope to see in the world." • • Mayor Stephen C. Padilla, Chula Vista, CA "This is the most important issue facing our generation today. This is also an issue where one country, one state, one city and one individual can make a difference. Please do what you can!" • • Nicholas W. Tell, Jr., Manhattan Beach, CA "The Climate Protection Agreement mirrors our own local efforts to conserve energy and non-renewable resources." • • • • •

• Breene Kerr, Los Altos Hills, CA "We congratulate Seattle on its bold programs and look forward to cooperating to build a better world…The City of Oakland has set a goal of 15% reduction by 2010, which is beyond what Kyoto calls for the US to achieve. We are looking at 70% reduction of GHGs by 2050, which is what many scientists believe is needed to protect our future. We are in support of the United States surpassing the Kyoto green house gas reduction targets." • • Mayor Jerry Brown, Oakland, CA "Palo Alto has a long tradition as a city commiteed to environmentalsim, including its open space, cicycle and pedestrian friendly policies, progressive recycling, clean water and air initiatives, green energy programs and community-wide sustainability land use and design principles. Stil, we can and must do more to counter the growing threats of climate change. We are proud to join in the concerted efforts of other cities in taking specific actions to reduce the effects of global warming, beginning here in our city." • • Mayor Judy Kleinberg, Palo Alto, CA "Pasadena is committed to achieving sustainability in its policies and operations within the framework of the U.S. Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement. At the same time, we join with many international cities in offering leadership and a lesson on global warming. This is a movement whose time has come!" • • Mayor Bill Bogaard, Pasadena, CA "The issue of climate change for a city like Richmond is important because of its impact not only on our shoreline but also in the economic opportunities the solutions provide. To work ourselves out of this situation we will need a new economic paradigm and a workforce focused on green jobs - I’m excited to be a part of this kind of change."

• Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, City of Richmond, CA "For the City of Riverside's position see Mayor's Call to Action."

• Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge, City of Riverside, CA "We in Sonoma County are in full support of these actions and are in the forefront of adopting greenhouse gas emission reduction targets!"

• Mayor Jake McKenzie, City of Rohnert Park, CA "At the City of San Diego, we are continuing our commitment to reduce global warming emissions, the major cause of a changing climate. By signing the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, I am investing in the future of San Diego."

• Mayor Jerry Sanders, San Diego, CA "The City of Santa Monica applauds the good work you and the City of Seattle are doing to combat climate disruption and we pledge to work together with you to raise awareness and inspire action by local governments throughout the United States on the issue. We look forward to working together on this important endeavor."

• Mayor Pam O'Connor, City of Santa Monica, CA "The City of Sebastopol has committed to a 30% reduction of its greenhoue as emissions between 2000 and 2008."

• Mayor Larry Robinson, Sebastopol, CA "The City of Torrance is pleased to join in an agreement that brings the adage 'think globally, act locally' to life."

• Mayor Frank Scotto, Torrance, CA "The City of Tulare has been a leader in the use of natural gas fueled transit buses, refuse trucks and light vehicles, including police patrol cars. The City is currently retrofittnig lighting, HVAC and windows for energy conservation, and has previously installed LED bulbs in traffic signals citywide. The City is installing a "solar carport" for the generation of electricity. The City has generated electricity for over a decade using biogas from the wastewater treatment plant, and is currently installing a 900 kW renewable biogas fuel cell cogeneration system. The City has a fleet of 16 "flexfuel" renewable E85 vehicles and has received a Federal grant for the installation of the first E85 fuel pump in the San Joaquin Valley. The City of Tulare is proud to join the "Cool Cities" initiative." • • Mayor Craig Vejvoda, Tulare, CA "We welcome the opportunity to join in this effort initiated by Seattle, a city Boulder has looked to over the years as a role model of environmental leadership and innovation. Boulder adopted the Kyoto Protocol goals in 2002, and we look forward to working with Seattle and other cities across the country in showing that as local governments we can make real progress on climate change while improving our economy and quality of life." • • Mayor Mark Ruzzin, Boulder, CO "The Durango City Council voted unanimously on Oct. 17, 2006, to endorse this agreement. Durango is proud to join so many cities throughout the nation in this important initiative."

• Mayor Sidny Zink, Durango, CO "Long overdue." • • Mayor Ross Aragon, Pagosa Springs, CO "There is nothing more important than sustaining the environmental capacity to protect health and life on earth." • • Mayor Kenneth A. Flatto, Fairfield, CT "It's time for all of us to work together to protect our environment." • • Mayor Rebecca A. Tooley, Coconut Creek, FL "As mayors, we should do everything in our power to urge Congress to pass legislation towards reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. We MUST preserve our environment!" • • Mayor Debby Eisinger, Cooper City, FL "Our city is committed to taking various actions to protect the climate, the environment and the earth's resources. "Sustainability" is our goal--to ensure our future existence, we are going as "green" as possible." • • Mayor Don Slesnick, Coral Gables, FL "We must take every step possible, small and large, to protect our future generations." • • Mayor Scott J. Brook, Coral Springs, FL "This is an essential agreement for all cities. I have lived in S. Florida for 60 years and witnessed a torrid environmental and ecological decline. I hope we are not too late! Thanks." • • Mayor Pat Flury, Dania Beach, FL "We only get one chance to save our environment. Today is the time!" • • Mayor Tom Truex, Davie, FL "This is not only an Environmental Protectin Issue, but also an Economic Development and Sustainability issue. Protecting our environment, we are protecting our resources and preserving them for future generations to come." • • Mayor Joy Cooper, Hallandale Beach, FL "The ecologically sensitive nature of Florida makes this issue one of major importance to each and every resident." • • Mayor Mara Giulianti, Hollywood, FL "Incoming President of the Florida League of Cities. It will be my mantra that every city in Florida will have an ordinance." • • Mayor Frank C. Ortis, Pembroke Pines, FL "If the US government continues to ignore the rest of the world on energy then it is time for all local leaders to speak out." • • Mayor John C. Rayson, Pompano Beach, FL "Unless we abate the growing threat of global warming pollution, everything we do today to make a better world for tomorrow will be for naught." • • Mayor Robert E. Minsky, Port St Lucie, FL "It is not a coincidence that we are seeing drastic weather disturbances and climate changes. If we don't do something now, it will be too late to reverse the damage." • • Mayor Steven B. Feren, Sunrise, FL "Tampa is proud to join the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement initiative. We recognize the importance of our environment and our natural resources and we must work together to ensure a better world for our children."

• Mayor Pam Iorio, Tampa, FL "I believe that the destiny of mankind lies in his responsibility to maintain a healthy environment. Each generation must do its part to make sure that the next generation has a livable environment." • • Mayor Eric H. Jones, West Park, FL "We must do this!" • • Mayor Harry Kim, Hilo, HI "I have had a life long commitment to environmental projects and am proud to announce the City's commitment to this agreement. I want to stress this is a common-sense issue--it is not a Republican or Democrat issue nor conservative or liberal." • • Mayor Edwin G. Winborn, Davenport, IA "The Dubuque City Council has made a "green" city designation a top priority for the upcoming fiscal years' goals." • • Mayor Roy D. Buol, Dubuque,IA "Supporting the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement is a no-brainer for me. Not only is the right thing to do, but it is the economically smart thing for my community and for our nation. If cities and our citizens do not get involved, our future will be bleak." • • Mayor Roger Chase, Pocatello,ID "Taking steps to save energy just makes good sense. Whether you're doing it for the economy or for the environment, it just makes sense to do these things." • • Mayor Raymond P. Miller, Sandpoint,ID "Northbrook has decided to lead by example. We purchase 4.5 million kilowatt hours of wind energy to run our water facility which treats and pumps 2.2 billion gallons a year. We totally suppport the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement." • • Gene Marks, Northbrook, IL "Although this issue appears to be a "long way off," in reality, it may not be! I want my children, grandchildren, etc., as well as all of yours, to live a safe and a long life! We must act now!" • • James Waldorf, Plainfield, IL "On behalf of the City of Bloomington, Indiana, I proudly endorse the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. Our long established Environmental Commission completed a GHG inventory this year and we will implement the reduction agenda through community support and that of our newly established Commission on Sustainability. We adopted smart growth plans through zoning, a greenways system for non-motorized travel, and a Downtown compact urban form plan. We will continue seeking ways to advance our economic progress that also protect and enhance our culture and environment." • • Mark Kruzan, Bloomington, IN "More and more, cities are defining the national public policy discussion, and climate protection is another area in which local communities are leading the way. The Mayors Climate Protection Agreement is an important move for every American city to consider. The quality of life, health and enjoyment of our cities and their residents are interlinked with our stewardship over our land, air and water. For Indianapolis to be a world-class city, and for every American city to be able to compete worldwide, we must make sure that we are responsible about this stewardship and ensure that our cities are safer, cleaner and healthier." • • Bart Peterson, Indianapolis, IN "We are proud to be the first city in Northern Kentucky to join this effort." • • Mayor Michael Sadouskas, Villa Hills, LA "The USCM Climate Protection Agreement is of particular importance to the City of New Orleans. The International Panel on Climate Change has warned that New Orleans is the North American city most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The rise of the Earth's temperature, causing sea level increases that could add up to one foot over the next 30 years, threatens the very existence of New Orleans. I have sent letters to the LA delegation urging them to support the McCain Lieberman Climate Stewardship Act. Also the New Orleans City Council has passed a resolution urging federal action on climate change. We will continue to collaborate and support efforts on global warming." • • Mayor C. Ray Nagin, New Orleans, LA "Although we are not a city, we support the efforts to protect the environment and reduce man made pollution." • • Mayor Michael F. McCall, Chelmsford, MA "Our future is bleak without all of us working together one community at a time for a better environment." • • John Bell, Gloucester, MA "Greenfield's future is critically entwined with stabilizing and sustaining our environment. We offer a quality of community that others envy and we live in an area surrounded by natural resources that offer us much. " • • Christine Forgey, Greenfield, MA "Four hundred voters at Provincetown's Town Meeting were proud to answer the call and endorse the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement." • • Keith A. Bergman, Provincetown, MA "As Mayor of Springfield, I am pleased to have an opportunity to sign on to this agreement, which seeks to preserve and protect our environment for generations to come." • • Charles V. Ryan, Springfield, MA "Chestertown, Maryland (partnering with Washington College) is committed to decreasing our heavy footprint on Planet Earth. We want to educate our citizens to simple steps for walking a bit more softly in this world." • Mayor Margo G. Bailey, Chestertown, MD "We see this as an important opportunity for Gaithersburg to become a leader in climate protection." • • Mayor Sidney A. Katz, Gaithersburg, MD "I am very pleased to join the other Mayors of this nation in bringing this issue to the forefront of United States Federal Government." • Mayor John K. Godfrey, III, Battle Creek, MN "Even the smallest effort will make a difference." • • Mayor Richard Lehmann, Bemidji, MN "This issue is critical to all of our futures. I am happy to do whatever I can to help!" • • Mayor Michael Jugovich, Chisholm, MN "American's environmental arrogance must stop! Our children must inherit a better world than what promises to be disaster if we don't do justice to the Kyoto Protocol!"

• Mayor Herb Bergson, Duluth, MN "Minneapolis has set high standards for CO2 reduction and we're meeting them - a strategy that has earned our City tremendous environmental and economic benefits. Climate disruption is a global problem but we feel the effects locally. We are thrilled with Seattle and Mayor Greg Nickels' initiative and will work hard to challenge our nation through our example." • • Mayor R.T. Rybak, Minneapolis, MN "I can proudly say Red Wing is on board with environmental initiatives, but we are so eager and interested in doing more for the world around us." • • Mayor Donna Dummer, Red Wing, MN "No city is too small!" • • Mayor Gary A. Burger, Turtle River, MN "The City of Virginia is pleased to support the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement because the decisions we make now will determine the quality of life for our children and their children and their children, etc." • • Mayor Carolyn Luoma Gentilini, Virginia, MN "Columbia owns its electrical utility and I consider it extremely important that the city set an example of responsible management of power generation and conservation to do its part to reduce global warming." • • Mayor Darwin Hindman, Columbia, MO "Our climate is what gives us our precious life. We must be proactive to protect our climate." • • Mayor Mark Langston, Maplewood, MO Back to Top "While a small mountain town, Highlands, NC is in the middle of a pristine rainforest which is being threatened with increasing pollution even though we are the highest town east of the Mississippi River." • Dr. Don Mullen, Highlands, NC "We have accomplished much but it's time to do more in our city."

• Dennis R. Walaker, Fargo, ND "There is strength in unity - we must speak & act as one." • • Mayor Michael E. J. Blastos, Keene, NJ "We have to do something now to protect our future." • • Mayor Chuck Chiarello, Buena Vista Township, NJ "Our community, Cranford, is located in the middle of a major metropolitan area. We respect our environment… We believe we can make changes and make a difference." • • Mayor Daniel J. Aschenbach, Cranford, NJ "It's never too late to fix this problem. If we all try, we will succeed." • • Mayor Robert L. Bowser, East Orange, NJ "Thinking green is no longer a luxury. It has become a necessity, and not only because of the price of oil or because it has become politcally correct to care about clean air and water and conserving natural resources. Green decisions make good public policy, plain and simple." • • Mayor Meryl Frank, Highland Park, NJ "We are looking to create a green buildings ordinance as well as doing the simple things to decrease our carbon footprint." • • Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy, Jersey City, NJ "The Township Committee of the Township of Middletown, New Jersey, adopted Resolution No. 07-116 March 19, 2007 endorsing the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement." • • Mayor Gerard P. Scharfenberger, Middletown, NJ "This is a critical nation-wide movement for the future of our existence! I am proud to be a part of this." • • Mayor Paul C. Brush, Township of Toms River, NJ "Cities are on the front lines of climate change, with Mayors leading the way. But we can't do it alone. Please join the cause!" • • Mayor Douglas H. Palmer, Trenton, NJ "Even if one disregards the science behind global warming, the fact of the matter is that we desperately need to reduce our exorbidant reliance on fossil fuels in order to better protect our wildlands and reduce our addiction to foreign oil." • • Mayor Martin J. Chavez, Albuquerque, NM "Given the natural beauty of our high Sierra surroundings, including the beautiful Truckee River running through our downtown, I feel a great sense of duty to protect our environment for the generations to follow."Robert Cashell, Reno, NV "Babylon has been in the vanguard of green initiatives on Long Island. Ten percent of our energy purchases are generated by wind power, all our new passenger vehicle purchases are hybrids, we're fueling with biodiesel, installing solar panels on two of our buildings, and breaking ground for an affordable zero energy house this fall. And that's just for starters." • • Steve Bellone, Babylon, NY "The Town of Greenburgh is proud to support this cooperative effort. The climate crisis is so large and urgent that it will take all of us, pulling together, to make even a dent in greenhouse gas emissions and slow down the effects already in motion. We are proud of the proactive steps we have already taken, such as requiring that all new homes be built to Energy Star standards and installing energy efficient lighting and a solar electric system at Town Hall; but this is just a start. There is no more important focus for a community now. The good news is that this is also a terrific opportunity to shift course and take actions that will have other environmental, economic, and public health benefits." • • Town Supervisor Paul Feiner, Greenburgh, NY "Responding to the crisis of climate change and rising fossil fuel costs is one of our most important responsibilities. This is important not only for us now, but also for our children." • • Mayor Richard F. Tracy, Hudson, NY "I chose April 24, the day that Ithaca celebrated Earth Day, to announce Ithaca's participation in this agreement - and we made this announcement next to our wastewater plant where methane is recovered for energy production." • • Mayor Carolyn Peterson, Ithaca, NY "The consequences of us not acting affirmatively are enormous." • • Mayor Ernest D. Davis, Mt. Vernon, NY "No issue has energized my constituents as much as the issue of global warming. This is a matter that has truly brought the community together." • • Mayor John S. Nader, Oneonta, NY I want my grandchildren to be able to breath good clean air!" • • Mayor Kenneth E. Patton, Brooklyn, OH "Signing this agreement is an important step in the greening of Cincinnati. We are sending a message that these issues are real and that we must pay attention to them. It is time to take proactive steps to improve and protect the environmental health and safety of our city." • • Mark Mallory, Cincinatti, OH "For our citizens, for our future, I am proud to offer my endorsement of the USCM Climate Protection Agreement." • • Thomas O'Grady, North Olmsted, OH "Proud to be number 500! Thank you!" • • Kathy Taylor, Tulsa, OK "I congratulate Seattle and Mayor Nickels on this leadership committee to address global warming. Portland was the first city in the country to adopt a local global warming policy reducing greenhouse gas emissions that exceed the targets established by the Kyoto Protocol. We are proud that the people of Seattle share our vision for turning the crisis of global warming into an opportunity to transform our economy and leave a healthier planet for our children and grandchildren." • • Mayor Tom Potter, Portland, OR "The Borough of Kutztown, PA, approved the attached as a resolution of our governing body." • • Mayor Sandra Green, Kutztown, PA "I support this agreement and am encouraged by your efforts. I support the work of the George Fox Friends School of Cochranville, PA Kids for a Cool Planet Club." • • Mayor Geoffrey L. Henry, Oxford, PA Back to Top "We look forward to implementing this resolution!" • Mayor Robert D. Coble, Columbia, SC "This Climate Protection Agreement moves us one step further by providing clearner air for everyone in our region and in the entire country." • • • Ron Littlefield, Chattanooga, TN "I have supported the goals of the climate protection agreement both personally and as a member of USCM. I believe this year, with all of our focus, Nashville can make the commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions now and in the future." • • Bill Purcell, Nashville, TN "As a physician, I fully appreciate the impact climate change, as a result of man-kind's influence, will have on the health and well-being of our nation, and respect the urgency in which this discussion should take place." • • Robert Cluck, Arlington, TX "The City of Denton, Texas, has just opened the the nation's first biodiesel production facility to be powered by biogas (methane extracted from the adjoining city landfill.) Renewable energy powered by renewable energy! The City's fleetwide use of biodiesel will reduce the emission by as much as 12 tons per year." • • Mayor Euline Brock, Denton, TX "We are very supportive of the US Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. The City of Euless has already implemented many of the twelve suggestions listed. Thank you for your service on this project." • • Mayor Mary Lib Saleh, Euliss, TX "Regardless of where one stands on the science and politics of global warming, we will all benefit by reducing pollution, developing clean and economical energy resources, improving fuel economy and promoting "green" developments." • • Mayor Sim Israeloff, Fairview, TX "We must protect our environment even if it results in great sacrifices." • • Mayor Richard Ward, Hurst, TX "The US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement and the recommended actions are items that the city currently supports and endorses. The City is a including a fleet of 50 alternative fueled vehicles, Energy Star new computer purchases . . . and the City has been proactive in the adoption of the Green spaces Ordinance which protects buffers around creeks and water bodies." • • Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores, City of Laredo, TX "Being part of the Mayors Agreement makes sense for our city. As public leaders we are the stewards of the communities we represent. The Mayors Agreement not only makes sense for our citizens' quality of life, but also ensures the sustainability and economic vitality of where we live." • • Mayor Gary A. Slagel, City of Richardson, TX "As a Texas mayor, I am proud to add my name to those who support climate protection." • • Mayor A. David Marne, Shavano Park, TX "Humankind is in the midst of a crisis. That crisis presents us with unprecedented challenges. It also presents us with tremendous opportunities! The temperature of the earth is rising and humans contribute massively to this increase through our use of fossil fuels, particularly oil and coal. Climate change is already causing disasters such as ocean waters slowly overtaking entire islands and heat waves killing tens of thousands of people. With the passage of significant international accords and adoption of this statement by U.S. Mayors, we have hope that the global community can successfully join together, as nations did to solve the problem of ozone depletion, to prevent the most devastating consequences of global climate change." • • Mayor Rocky Anderson, City of Salt Lake City, UT "As a life-long resident and Mayor of Alexandria, I am very concerned about the potential impacts climate change will have on a coastal city such as Alexandria and its residents. With the potential for increased temperatures and a rising sea level as a result of global warming, the frequency and severity of damage from hurricanes and flooding will increase. Currently small localized flooding of the Potomac River in Old Town is a regular occurance and is a manageable problem. However, with the impact of global climate change, flooding will become a signfificant issue impacting public safety, property damage and the City's economy." • • Mayor William D. Euille, Alexandria, VA "I certainly commend Seattle and Mayor Nickels for taking on this issue…I'm appalled by the refusal of our federal government even to acknowledge global warming and climate disruption as a problem. We can't wait for this vacuum of leadership to fill. Since 1997, Burlington has joined cities across the country in working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet the reduction goals of the Kyoto Protocol." • Mayor Peter Clavelle, City of Burlington, VT "We must work and plan for the future of our chidren and their children." • • Mayor Gary Haakenson, Edmonds, WA Our number one priority is quality of life for our citizens - locally, nationally, and globally. I am pleased to join mayors across the country to work for a better environment. It is critical that cities be a major part of the solution, as we are a large part of the problem." • • Mayor Mike McKinnon, Lynnwood, WA "We agree global climate disruption is a serious threat to our local economy and quality of life. Cities need to lead the way. We join Mayor Nickels and the City of Seattle in taking and promoting more local action, in our region and across the country, to reduce global warming pollution." • • Mayor Rosemarie Ives, City of Redmond, WA "The City of Tacoma has taken active steps to protect its environment through retrofitting its diesel vehicles, using low sufur fuel and biodiesel, bulding green structures and a nationally recognized recydling program. We consider ourselves a "green" city and the support for this initiative comes with the full support of the City Council." • • Mayor Bill Baarsma, Tacoma, WA "We will be focusing on City operations at this time." • • Mayor Ralph C. Osgood, Tumwater, WA "This is a matter of life and death for future generations and to this planet." • • Mayor John D. Medinger, La Crosse, WI "Increasingly, cities are providing the answers to some of America's toughest problems. So it's fitting that we're leading the way on global warming as well."

• Mayor Dave Cieslewicz, Madison, WI "As leaders of our local municipalities, we need to be active in protecting our environment and climate. It has to start on the local level where the most gains can be achieved."

• Mayor Jack F. Chiovatero, New Berlin, WI "I fully support climate protection." • • Mayor James F. Akers, Fayetteville, WV "My administration will be a diligent steward of the environment. We will work with all District residents to promote clean and healthy neighborhoods in our Nation's capital by reducing litter, improving air quality, cleaning our rivers, conserving energy and cutting our greenhouse gas emissions. " • • Adrian M. Fenty, Washington, DC Environmental Leaders "It's now clear that the effort to stop global warming in the United States will be led by the cities and states -- not the federal government. No other city is currently doing more than Seattle, and I'm delighted that Mayor Nickels plans to keep Seattle in the vanguard on this awesome issue."

• Denis Hayes, Bullitt Foundation "The Sierra Club commends Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels for leadership on climate change, and his support for clean cars and buses...In the face of climate change, President Bush and his administration are not merely silent, they are dangerously irresponsible, rejecting the needs of Americans, and international calls for cooperation. Thank goodness for cities like Seattle. By operating more cleanly and efficiently, Seattle will grow stronger economically, and enhance its reputation as a wonderful place to live. Seattle is showing the way, and its leaders deserve credit".

• Carl Pope, Executive Director, Sierra Club "By this action Seattle joins the ranks of Fortune 500 CEOs and governments worldwide who are tackling global warming. It's good for business, good for the community and good for the world"

• Steve Howard, CEO, The Climate Group, International NGO, headquartered in London "Global" climate disruption is a local issue. We feel the impacts locally, we cause the problem locally, and now Seattle is taking it to the next level in demonstrating how we can pioneer solutions locally. Best of all, they're showing how climate solutions help us build a healthier, more prosperous community. It's all about leadership.

• KC Golden, Policy Director, Climate Solutions "Starbucks applauds the City of Seattle's bold climate protection efforts and shares in the belief that this is a critical global issue that necessitates leadership action from all sectors in our community." Orin Smith, president & ceo, Starbucks