FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 28, 2003
MAYOR HARRIS JOINS URBAN LEADERS FROM AROUND THE U.S IN CALLING ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO HELP REDUCE GLOBAL WARMING
Mayor Jeremy Harris has joined 154 mayors from across the country—including members of both the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities—in signing a bi-partisan "Mayors' Statement on Global Warming.” The statement calls on the federal government to join the efforts of cities to reduce the threat of global warming.
“Honolulu is one of many cities across the country that is embracing sustainable practices aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions—a primary cause of global warming,” Mayor Harris said. “By joining forces with other mayors to encourage state and national governments to address the challenge of global warming, we hope to increase public awareness of a issue critical to the survival of our planet.”
Honolulu’s sustainability initiatives focus on five areas that are central to the environmental well being of the island:
- Land Use – Minimizing the pollution and congestion of motor vehicles by establishing urban growth boundaries and curtailing sprawl.
- Natural Resources – Expanding the City’s waste-to-energy capabilities and promoting recycling of solid waste and wastewater.
- Energy – Reducing the City’s primary energy demand through innovative practices, such as the use of bio-diesel fuel and energy-efficient traffic signals.
- Transportation – Developing transportation alternatives such as BRT, which provide incentives for people to leave their motor vehicles at home.
- Economic Development – Diversify the economy in ways that protect the environment, preserve our host culture, and support economic growth.
Each of these sustainable areas is linked to the City’s goal of enhancing the quality of life by minimizing the island’s dependence on fossil fuels and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
To view the Mayors’ Statement on Global Warming, visit: