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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer Hosts Climate and Energy Summit Bringing Global Leaders Together to Create Healthier, More Prosperous Communities
ORLANDO, FL – August 14, 2014 – Yesterday, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer hosted a Climate and Energy Summit bringing together more than 200 community, business, nonprofit and public sector leaders to discuss sustainability best practices and solutions to support economic growth and clean, reliable and renewable energy in Orlando and Central Florida.
The Summit was part of Mayor Dyer’s Green Works Orlando initiative, a comprehensive plan to ensure Orlando is one of the most environmentally-friendly, economically and socially vibrant communities in the nation.
Mayor Dyer cited that through Green Works Orlando, the City of Orlando has already made great strides in climate and energy initiatives including setting a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for city operations by 15% by the year 2017, a goal which has already been surpassed.
At the Summit, Mayor Dyer reaffirmed his commitment to sustainability by announce the City will pursue five new initiatives to ensure Orlando is a regional and national leader on climate action:
- The City of Orlando will increase its commitment to solar energy and support the business and job creation that will follow.
- The City will explore waste solutions that produce energy and reduce our dependence on foreign oil and save taxpayers money.
- The City will shade its streets and reach a 40% tree canopy goal to create some of Florida’s most inspiring urban forests.
- The City will craft and efficiency and green building policy to enable businesses and residents to save money, clean the air and create an even better Orlando.
- The Green Works Advisory Committee will draft a Green Economy Toolkit and Action Plan to ensure the City and its partners are taking critical steps to produce climate and energy-related jobs and businesses right here in Orlando.
Executive Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Peter Lehner, one of the Summit’s keynote speakers said, “With programs like Green Works Orlando, Orlando will in fact be the leader in the southeast when it comes to sustainability.”
Mayor Dyer was also joined by Mike Boots, Acting Chair of the White House Council for Environmental Quality and U.S. Senator Bill Nelson who both commended the City for its sustainability efforts.
“The President believes we have a moral obligation to not leave behind a planet that is polluted and damaged,” said Mike Boots, Acting Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “Thank you to Mayor Dyer and Orlando for your leadership on that front.”
For more information about the City’s Green Works Orlando initiative, visit www.cityoforlando.net/greenworks.