Press Release


NEW ORLEANS (June 12, 1999) – The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) announced today the formation of a new environmental initiative, the National Council for Resource Conservation. The Council will be comprised of mayors, educators, and environmentalists whose charge it is to craft a national strategy for conserving energy, natural resources, and materials. USCM President Deedee Corradini, mayor of Salt Lake City, made the announcement during the 67th Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which is being held in New Orleans, Louisiana from June 11-15,1999.

"If Americans are to maintain prosperity, we must protect and conserve our resources," said Mayor Corradini. " The National Council for Resource Conservation will put the ethic of resource conservation on the national agenda and develop strategies for bringing resource conservation values and actions into every American business, factory, and home. The U.S. Conference of Mayors strongly believes that resource conservation today means sustainable growth tomorrow."

NCRC will emphasize how resource conservation efforts can use less energy, fewer natural resources, and minimal materials to produce goods and services in a manner that protects and preserves the environment while promoting economic growth for a sustainable future. The work of the NCRC will consist of a number of components, including a public education campaign to help make resource conservation part of the public mindset; a series of local, state, and federal guidelines and recommendations; a volunteer initiative to promote resource conservation; and a best practices compendium by which citizens, business and all levels of American government can measure their environmental commitment to conserving America’s resources.

The National Council for Resource Conservation will have as its members some of the best minds and strongest commitments to environmental education in the country, including the leadership of The U.S.

Conference of Mayors’ Energy and Environment Committee; Mayor Susan Savage of Tulsa, who sits on the President’s Council for Sustainable Development; Memphis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton, a national leader on environmental issues; and Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, Chair of the Conference Energy and Environment Committee.

Additional Council participants include Winston Hickox, Secretary, California Department of Environmental Protection, Will Ferretti, Executive Director, National Recycling Coalition, and Fritz Yambrach, Associate Professor, Department of Packaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology and Faculty Member, National Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery.

According to Charlotte Mayor Patrick J. McCrory , Chair of the Energy and Environment Committee, "The council’s work will be characterized by both agenda-setting, visionary thinking and practical, concrete steps that can be taken to help make resource conservation the environmental ethic of the next decade. Recycling was the environmental success story of the 1990"s; the NCRC will help make resource conservation America’s environmental success story of the first decade of the millenium."

Founded in 1932, The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are about 1,100 such cities in the United States today represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. Individually, each member mayor contributes to development of national urban policy through service on one or more of the Conference’s standing committees.