Edina, Minn., Dec. 3, 2019 – Today, Edina Mayor Jim Hovland announced his participation in the newly launched Climate Mayors Steering Committee, a group of 24 mayors who will serve as a leading voice in efforts to further climate action in the cities across the U.S. making up the Climate Mayors coalition. St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter is also part of the group.
The Steering Committee will work alongside the Climate Mayors’ Chair, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Co-Chairs Mayors Madeline Rogero, Sylvester Turner and Martin J. Walsh to highlight the importance of city-led climate action in creating healthier, cleaner and more equitable and sustainable cities. The Steering Committee will also work to catalyze membership and more deeply engage their regions, as well as showcase the impactful work of existing Climate Mayors and how cities are helping meet the scope and the scale of the challenge posed by climate change.
After President Trump announced his initial plans to withdraw from the landmark Paris Agreement in June 2017, more than 300 mayors joined the Climate Mayors coalition, pledging to uphold the goals of the Paris Agreement in their cities and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. The network has since grown to include 438 mayors, both Democrat and Republican, who represent cities ranging in size and region and show the overwhelming support for climate action among the majority of Americans.
Today’s Steering Committee launch builds on the leadership of Climate Mayors across the country who continue to lead on building a healthier and stronger clean energy future, regardless of the decisions made at the federal level.
“It is my honor to join fellow Minnesota Mayor Melvin Carter in representing our state as part of the Climate Mayors organization,” Hovland said. “Edina represents the voice of smaller communities across the United States, just as committed as our larger cities, to a cleaner energy future and a reduction in the greenhouse gases that are affecting our planet. This is one of the most important issues of our time. It will not be easy work, but it is very, very necessary work that we do for all of us and those yet to come.”
“Cities across our country and around the world see the impacts of climate change firsthand -- and we stand front and center in the fight to address this crisis with every tool at our disposal,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “No matter what happens on the national level, cities know we cannot afford any more debates or delays, so we will continue to act to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, protect our most vulnerable residents, strengthen global health, and create a green economy that works for everyone.”
As a Climate Mayors member city, Edina has committed to bold climate action and has followed through on it by implementing an Energy Action Plan, creating Green Fleet recommendations and implementing an energy benchmarking ordinance.
“The Climate Mayors network is more than four hundred strong, and counting,” said James Ritchotte, Director of Climate Mayors. “We’re excited to have these 24 mayors lead us in showcasing the important work of cities and maximizing the collective impact of Climate Mayors across the country who are fighting climate change in their communities.”
Hovland joins the following mayors as members of the Climate Mayors Steering Committee:
1. Steve Adler (Austin, Texas)
2. Ethan Berkowitz (Anchorage, Alaska)
3. Jim Brainard (Carmel, Indiana)
4. Michael Cahill (Beverly, Massachusetts)
5. Kirk Caldwell (Honolulu, Hawaii)
6. LaToya Cantrell (New Orleans, Louisiana)
7. Melvin Carter (Saint Paul, Minnesota)
8. Jane Castor (Tampa, Florida)
9. Frank Cownie (Des Moines, Iowa)
10. Bill de Blasio (New York City)
11. Mike Duggan (Detroit, Michigan)
12. Buddy Dyer (Orlando, Florida)
13. Kevin Faulconer (San Diego, California)
14. Greg Fischer (Louisville, Kentucky)
15. Kate Gallego (Phoenix, Arizona)
16. Michael Hancock (Denver, Colorado)
17. Eric Johnson (Dallas, Texas)
18. Lioneld Jordan (Fayetteville, Arkansas)
19. Tim Keller (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
20. Ron Nirenberg (San Antonio, Texas)
21. Bill Peduto (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
22. Satya Rhodes-Conway (Madison, Wisconsin)
23. Lucy Vinis (Eugene, Oregon)
About Climate Mayors
Climate Mayors, founded in 2014, is a diverse network of U.S. city leaders who have committed to fighting climate change. In response to the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, the network’s ranks swelled to more than 400 U.S. mayors from across the country who have committed to taking ambitious action to meet each of their cities’ current climate goals, while working together toward achieving our national Paris targets. For more information, visit www.climatemayors.org.