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(LANSING) –Mayor Virg Bernero has joined over 300 mayors from across the nation in signing the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA) statement to adopt the Paris Agreement climate goals. Two weeks after President Trump’s controversial removal of the United States from the Paris Agreement, the number of American mayors pledging to uphold the agreement continues to grow. The MNCAA (also known as the Climate Mayors network) is led by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
“Despite President Trump’s reckless decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Accord, we will be doing our part to create a cleaner, more energy-efficient city,” said Mayor Bernero. “I’m proud of the work done by volunteers, city employees and the Lansing Board of Water and Light (LBWL) to continue making our city more eco-friendly.”
For well over a decade, the city of Lansing has been working to reduce waste, preserve its local rivers, reduce emissions and conserve energy through multiple efforts like single-stream recycling, stormwater management and other programs overseen by the Live Green Lansing initiative and the LBWL. The Board of Water and Light launched its “Lansing Energy Tomorrow” project in 2015 to guide how the public utility will meet Metro Lansing’s renewable energy needs, and to modernize its aging infrastructure with a cleaner energy portfolio— including wind and solar energy.
“Lansing has an excellent track record in doing its part for environmental stewardship, and we are committed to strengthening our efforts and establishing best practices with Climate Mayors around the country,” continued Mayor Bernero. “As usual, when our federal leaders fail to act, America’s mayors have to step in to lead the way.”
For more information about the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, visit climate-mayors.org