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Mayor Foster Re-Appointed as Environmental Chair for U.S. Conference of Mayors

Aug. 14, 2009 - Mayor Bob Foster was re-appointed yesterday by Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) for a second term as the chair for the Environmental Committee.

"I’m delighted that I can continue to serve as Environmental Committee chair and help influence environmental policy across the country” said Mayor Foster. 

Mayor Foster was first appointed as Environmental Chair in 2008.  The term for the Environmental Committee Chair is for one year and is appointed by the USCM president.  There are 32 mayors who are currently serving on the Environmental Committee, including the mayors of Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Santa Barbara.  The purpose of the Environmental Committee is to develop USCM environmental policies that will be brought to the body of the USCM during the organization’s winter and annual meetings.  

Prior to being elected to mayor of Long Beach, Mayor Foster served as president of Southern California Edison before his retirement in 2006 after more than 20 years with the companyAs an Edison executive, Mayor Foster led California’s largest electric company through the 1999 energy crisis.  During Mayor Foster’s tenure, Edison developed the largest renewable, clean energy programs (solar, geothermal, biomass and wind) in the United States.  Mayor 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 enforced today.

Mayor Foster also was elected in June 2009 to join the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Advisory Board.  Advisory Board members are elected at the Annual Meeting for a one-year term and serve the Executive Committee on all matters of policy and program.

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