Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Updates from the Mayor's Green Commission

Today was a great day for the City of Miami and the Green Commission.

Back in 2006, when I created the Green Commission – a group of local experts and community enthusiasts that helps me create and implement sustainable environmental practices throughout the city – I knew that there were residents throughout Miami dedicated to innovative strategies to make ours a greener, cleaner, more beautiful city. At today’s meeting of the Green Commission, I had the opportunity to share with some of them the successes of our collaborative efforts.

In the past few months, we have passed the Green Fleet and Green Purchasing Ordinances, both of which support green industries and reduce the City’s greenhouse gas emissions. From hybrid vehicles to locally procured and sustainably produced biofuels, from recycled products to Forest Stewardship Council certified paper – the City of Miami remains dedicated to environmentally responsible practices.

Members of the subcommittee on Climate Action were present to discuss the City of Miami Climate Action Plan, MiPLAN, which will be presented to the City Commission next week. The plan, which you can find here, outlines how the City of Miami is reducing our energy consumption and responding to the challenges of global warming.

The Bicycle Action Committee presented the most recent draft of the Bicycle Action Plan, which aims to promote bicycling throughout the city for recreation, commuting, and short trips. Members of the committee represent groups like the Green Mobility Network, Emerge Miami and Transit Miami.

Lastly, I am proud to announce that the Green Miami website is up and filled with information about the importance of trees in our City and how the Tree Master Plan is increasing our urban tree canopy.

I hope that you will visit the website www.OurGreenMiami.org and share it with your friends and colleagues.