Cities Back a Low-Carbon USA

As city leaders gathered for the National League of Cities’ 2017 Congressional City Conference in March, they sent a strong message to the White House and Congress that the local commitment to acting on climate change is as strong as ever. To galvanize local action, NLC President Matt Zone, councilmember, Cleveland, Ohio, Mayor Chris Coleman, Saint Paul, Minnesota and more than 70 other mayors and councilmembers cosigned a letter asking President Trump to protect our nation’s environment by encouraging continued strong national leadership and commitment to the Paris climate agreement. An abridged version of the letter can be seen below. The full text of the letter is available on NLC’s website.

Mayors and councilmembers wishing to add their names to this letter can do so by registering here.

Dear President Trump:

As elected leaders of cities of every size across the country, we write to reaffirm our commitment to using the power of local office and local governments to preserve environmental goals that have directly improved the health, safety and welfare of our residents and communities.

Through organizations such as the National League of Cities and partnerships such as the U.S. Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda, our cities are taking bold actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare our communities for future extreme weather events. As the elected officials closest and most directly accountable to residents, we cannot let our communities down by taking a step back on our actions and commitments to address climate change. We urge you and your administration to partner with us to build cities that can withstand, and reverse, the physically and economically destructive effects of climate change.

For these reasons, we renew our call on you, your administration and to Congress to expand and accelerate these local initiatives:

  • 1
    Help cities leverage funds for the hundreds of billions of dollars in transit, energy, infrastructure and real estate development necessary to upgrade our infrastructure for the 21st century.
  • 2
    Expand the renewable energy sources we need to achieve energy security and address climate change.
  • 3
    Provide American businesses the certainty to invest through continued tax credits for electric vehicles, solar power, renewable and other clean technology.
  • 4
    Embrace the principles of the Paris climate agreement to limit global temperature change below 2 degrees and make cities your partner in doing so.

While we are prepared to forge ahead even in the absence of federal support, we know that if we stand united on these issues, we can make change that will resonate for generations. We have no choice and no room to doubt our resolve. The time for bold leadership and action is now.

Sincerely,

Matt Zone
NLC President
Councilmember, Cleveland, Ohio

Chris Coleman
NLC Past President
Mayor, Saint Paul, Minnesota

  • Councilmember Billy Pearson, City of Lincoln, Alabama
  • Councilmember Celia Barotz, City of Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Councilmember Eva Putzova, City of Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Councilmember Ryan Winkle, City of Mesa, Arizona
  • Councilmember Regina Romero, City of Tucson, Arizona
  • Councilmember John Williams, City of Surprise, Arizona
  • Councilmember Lauren Kuby, City of Tempe, Arizona
  • Mayor Lioneld Jordan, City of Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Mayor Kirsten Keith, City of Menlo Park, California   
  • Mayor Sue Higgins, City of Oakley, California
  • Councilmember Kevin McKeown, City of Santa Monica, California
  • Councilmember Rishi Kumar, City of Saratoga, California
  • Councilmember Matthew Appelbaum, City of Boulder, Colorado
  • Councilmember Amy Martinez, City of Englewood, Colorado
  • Mayor Pro Tem Gerry Horak, City of Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Councilmember Shakti, City of Lakewood, Colorado
  • Councilmember Pauline Christensen, City of Longmont, Colorado
  • Councilmember Joan Peck, City of Longmont, Colorado
  • Councilwoman Leah Johnson, City of Loveland, Colorado
  • Councilmember Scott Burns, City of Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Former Mayor Cindy Lerner, City of Pinecrest, Florida
  • Councilmember James McDonald, City of Pinecrest, Florida
  • Councilmember Karl Nurse, City of St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Commissioner Julie Fishman, City of Tamarac, Florida 
  • Mayor Geraldine Muoio, City of West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Councilman James Whitmore, City of Fairburn, Georgia
  • Mayor Pro Tem Hattie Portis-Jones, City of Fairburn, Georgia
  • Councilmember Lydia Glaize, City of Fairburn, Georgia
  • Mayor Roy Buol, City of Dubuque, Iowa
  • Alderman Joe Moore, City of Chicago, Illinois
  • Councilmember Vicki Welch, City of Louisville, Kentucky
  • Mayor Patrick Wojahn, City of College Park, Maryland
  • Council Vice President Neil Harris, City of Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Councilmember Michael Sesma, City of Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Councilmember Ryan Spiegel, City of Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Councilmember Robert Wu, City of Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Mayor Pro Tem Judith Davis, City of Greenbelt, Maryland
  • Councilmember Peter Kovar, City of Takoma Park, Maryland
  • Councilmember Timothy Male, City of Takoma Park, Maryland
  • Councilmember Jan Devereux, City of Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Councilmember Pious Ali, City of Portland, Maine
  • Mayor Mark Meadows, City of East Lansing, Michigan
  • Councilmember Patty Acomb, City of Minnetonka, Minnesota
  • Councilmember Suzie Nakasian, City of Northfield, Minnesota
  • Councilmember Michael Wojcik, City of Rochester, Minnesota
  • Councilmember Katheryn Shields, City of Kansas City, Missouri
  • Councilmember Patsy Kinsey, City of Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Councilmember TJ Cawley, City of Morrisville, North Carolina
  • Councilmember Dan Besse, City of Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Councilmember Phyllis Cleveland, City of Cleveland, Ohio
  • Councilman Bryan Burgess, City of Oberlin, Ohio
  • Council President Jane Goodman, City of South Euclid, Ohio
  • City Councilor Mark Fagin, City of Beaverton, Oregon
  • Mayor Sal Panto, City of Easton, Pennsylvania
  • Councilman Ernst Brooks, City of Jackson, Tennessee
  • Councilmember Fabian Bedne, City of Nashville, Tennessee
  • Councilmember Ellen Smith, City of Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • Councilmember Leslie Pool, City of Austin, Texas
  • Councilmember Tiffinni Young, City of Dallas, Texas
  • Councilmember Keely Briggs, City of Denton, Texas
  • Councilmember Ron Nirenberg, City of San Antonio, Texas
  • Council Chair Helen Riehle, City of South Burlington, Vermont
  • Councilmember Cassie Franklin, City of Everett, Washington 
  • Councilmember Scott Murphy, City of Everett, Washington
  • Councilmember Paul Roberts, City of Everett, Washington
  • Deputy Mayor Cynthia Pratt, City of Lacey, Washington
  • Councilmember Angela Birney, City of Redmond, Washington
  • Councilmember Will Hall, City of Shoreline, Washington
  • Councilmember Lauren Walker Lee, City of Tacoma, Washington
  • Councilmember Ryan Mello, City of Tacoma, Washington
  • Mayor Pete Kmet, City of Tumwater, Washington
  • Councilwoman Denise DeMarb, City of Madison, Wisconsin
  • Mayor Paul Soglin, City of Madison, Wisconsin

About this effort

This statement was coordinated by National League of Cities (NLC)

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