76th Annual  Meeting
The U.S. Conference of Mayors
76th Annual Meeting
June 20-24, 2008
Miami

2008 ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS

SUPPORTING FULL AND DEDICATED FUNDING OF THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION BLOCK GRANT

WHEREAS, The U.S. Conference of Mayors has previously adopted strong policy resolutions for cities, communities, and the federal government to take actions to reduce fossil fuel consumption and global warming pollution; and

WHEREAS, the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the international community’s most respected assemblage of scientists, has found that climate disruption is real and that human activities are largely responsible for increasing concentrations of global warming pollution; and

WHEREAS, over 850 mayors have signed The U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, pledging their commitment to reducing their communities greenhouse gas emissions by 7 percent from their 1990 levels; and

WHEREAS, the nation has faced unprecedented energy challenges, including rapidly escalating energy costs and critical choices about energy resources that will affect the nation’s future economic well-being and security; and

WHEREAS, many cities have been implementing innovative strategies at the local level, including increasing energy efficiency for public and private buildings, encouraging energy independence through the use of alternative energy sources, switching their fleets to alternative fuels and more fuel efficient vehicles; and building alternative infrastructure to encourage their citizens to utilize other forms of greener transportation; and

WHEREAS, local governments have also implemented programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions through reutilization of resources, reduction of energy consumption, and improving the environment through waste reduction and recycling programs, encouraging waste-to-energy technology, and capturing methane in landfills; and

WHEREAS, many local governments have worked cooperatively with the private sector to implement innovative energy saving and environmental strategies that have resulted in energy and cost savings while improving the environment; and

WHEREAS, Mayors throughout the nation have been educating their constituents on these issues and through leading by example have positively influenced change in their citizens behavior and practices; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Conference of Mayors has held three national summits focused on energy, environment and climate change issues that have highlighted these types of innovative programs that Mayors and their local governments have been implementing that have resulted in the reduction of energy use, lower energy costs, a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and overall improving the environment; and

WHEREAS, many of these programs could be expanded or replicated throughout the country, thereby resulting in nationwide reductions in energy use which will increase our nation’s energy independence and competitiveness while improving our national and global environment; and

WHEREAS, many cities have not been able to expand or implement the full range of these types of programs due to budgetary constraints; and

WHEREAS, the federal government, by supporting these types of local activities, would demonstrate its commitment to help solve some of the most important issues facing the nation – energy independence, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and improving the environment; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Conference of Mayors has previously called for the creation of an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program that would provide money directly to city, county and state governments to implement innovative energy saving and environmental strategies; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Conference of Mayors called for the creation of an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program in its 2007 Mayors’ 10-Point Plan: Strong Cities, Strong Families for a Strong America to support local efforts to improve community energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and stimulate the deployment of new technologies, practices and alternative/renewable energy supplies; and

WHEREAS, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (P. L.110-140)established a new Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program at the U. S. Department of Energy, authorizing $2 billion annually over five fiscal years in formula grants to cities, counties, and states to develop energy efficiency strategies to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors calls on Congress and the Administration to appropriate full funding at the authorized level for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, while supporting higher authorization levels in future years; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors encourages Congress and the Administration to establish dedicated funding mechanism for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program to ensure that cities have the necessary funds to promote energy saving strategies, promote alternative energy sources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the environment.