Leaders of local governments re-affirmed their commitment to reducing greenhouse gases, unanimously approving a historic environmental resolution Monday at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Miami Beach.
The 259 mayors in attendance voted in favor of a resolution titled "100% Renewable Energy in American Cities," agreeing to set a goal of powering their communities exclusively by wind, solar, geothermal and wave energy by the year 2035.
"We're the fun and sun capital of the world, but we're probably a little bit like the sea level capital of the world these days," said Mayor Philip Levine of his city, Miami Beach. "We've gotten known for the fact that we're on the front lines."
Levine said Miami Beach can't afford to ignore climate change, and he wants his city to be a leader in curbing greenhouse emissions. His plans for reducing Miami Beach's carbon footprint include making sure new structures are built to be energy-efficient, as well as adding free trolleys and water taxis to get cars off the roads.