Long Beach Joins Paris AgreementRelease Date: 2017-06-02
Yesterday's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement by President Trump is a huge step backwards for America. This global agreement is a true testament to the importance of this issue to our planet and our future. As a coastal city, we will be greatly impacted by climate change over the next 50 years and we must aggressively prepare for sea level rise and rising temperatures.
As your Mayor, I want you to know that Long Beach will join with many other cities and enter the Paris Climate Agreement ourselves to ensure that we meet our climate goals. In fact, over 60 mayors have pledged to continue the goals of the agreement in a letter you can read here. Two years ago, I signed the Compact of Mayors to guarantee that Long Beach remains a leader in sustainability and environmental protection.
Some of our initiatives that we are already enacting include:
- Community-wide inventory of greenhouse gasses
- Electric car charger giveaways
- Continuing the Green Port Policy and the dramatic reduction of emissions at the Port
- The addition of 2 megawatts of solar panels at City facilities by 2020
- Planting 6,000 new trees by 2020
- All new City government buildings being built to the LEED green building standards, and LEED required in all new major private developments
- Support for urban agriculture, with more than 18 community gardens and urban farms across the city boosting the local food movement
- Expansion of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure
- Over 5,000 Lawn-to-Garden transformations have been completed, saving both water and energy
- Building transit oriented developments to ensure sustainable housing projects
- Converting all streetlights to energy efficient LEDs.
Go Long Beach,
Mayor Robert Garcia