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LONG BEACH, CA (Sept. 28, 2008) - Mayor Bob Foster was recently appointed to chair the U.S. Conference of Mayorsí (USCM) Environmental Committee.  With this new appointment, Foster also joins USCMís president Manuel Diazís 11-member cabinet.


"Iím honored by this appointment and Iím looking forward to chairing the Environmental Committee that will help influence the environmental policy across the country," said Foster. 


The term for the Environmental Committee Chair is for one year and is appointed by the USCM president.  There are 40 mayors who are currently serving on the Environmental Committee, including the mayors of Atlanta, Las Vegas, Santa Barbara and Minneapolis.  The purpose of the Environmental Committee is to develop USCM environmental policies that will be brought to the body of the USCM during the organizationís winter and annual meetings.  


"We are pleased that Mayor Bob Foster will be chairing the Environment Committee for The United States Conference of Mayors," said Tom Cochran, USCM CEO and Executive Director.  "His leadership in the environment and energy field is well-known and well-respected throughout the nation.  His experience will help lead the nationís Mayors in areas that are critical to the United States including climate change, air quality, and water infrastructure."


Foster will be one of the featured speakers for USCMís upcoming meeting in Miami during the "Environment and Energy" forum on Oct. 2.


Prior to being elected to mayor of Long Beach, Foster served as president of Southern California Edison before his retirement in 2006 after more than 20 years with the company.  As an Edison executive, Foster led Californiaís largest electric company through the 1999 energy crisis.  During Fosterís tenure, Edison developed the largest renewable, clean energy programs (solar, geothermal, biomass and wind) in the United States.  Foster began his career in public service as a staff member in the California State Senate and California Energy Commission where he established statewide energy efficiency standards that are still in force today.


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