Cleveland leader joins mayor group supporting climate accord

Cheryl Sanders
June 5, 2017

Treece said Friday he would sign on with Climate Mayors to continue efforts to combat climate change.

"Climate change is a major concern in the Midwest, and has a direct impact on insurance losses, insurance premiums and economic competitiveness", Treece said in a Friday afternoon news release.

Treece said he would sign on with Climate Mayors, a coalition of US mayors that in Missouri includes St. Louis and Kansas City.

Carrboro and Chapel Hill also are members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Climate Protection Agreement, which works to cut carbon emissions in member cities to pre-1990 levels, as noted in the Kyoto Protocol, a 2005 worldwide treaty on greenhouse gas emissions.

"Columbia has always been a leader in sustainability", Treece said. "It is simply the right thing to do", Mayor Jackson said.

In 2004, Columbia was the first Missouri city to adopt a renewable energy portfolio ordinance. "We will increase our efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, create a clean energy economy, and stand for environmental justice", the mayors stated in response to Trump's recent decision to withdraw from the Paris accord. The Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, which was signed in 2006, implemented a culture of sustainability within municipal operations. "And it should motivate all of us to support action on climate change".

"The U.S. Conference of Mayors is a strong proponent of the need to address climate change and we support the Paris agreement, which positions the world's nations, including the United States, to be energy independent, self-reliant, and resilient", said Phoenix (AZ) Mayor Greg Stanton, Chair of USCM's Environment Committee. We need to work together to transition to a low-carbon economy that not only helps manage our climate risk, but also creates new businesses, jobs, and wealth.

Monday members of Cleveland City Council are expected to consider a resolution in support of the Paris agreement.

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