Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer Joins International & National Campaigns, Reaffirming the City of Orlando’s Goal of Using Clean Energy and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
ORLANDO, Fla. – May 31, 2017 – Today Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced support for powering the City of Orlando entirely with clean and renewable energy by 2050. The Mayor’s support in this initiative further expands the City’s goal to achieve all municipal electricity coming 100 percent from renewable sources by 2030. Mayor Dyer joins more than 60 other mayors from across the country as part of the Sierra Club’s Mayors for 100% Clean Energy initiative.
“I am proud to support a vision of transitioning entirely to 100 percent clean and renewable energy in our City,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “Cities are the front lines where this transformation can happen and by leading an effort like this, we can not only help to improve the health of our residents but also help preserve natural resources, ensure environmental protection, create new jobs in the growing clean energy industry and drive even more economic growth to our region.”
Since Mayor Dyer launched Green Works Orlando in 2007, he has been working to make Orlando one of the most environmentally-friendly, socially inclusive and economically vibrant cities in the nation. Through the Green Works Orlando initiative, the City is working with residents and businesses to conserve more and waste less in order to create a better future for generations to come through recycling, composting, community gardens, energy efficiency and other programs.
In addition to joining the Mayors for 100% Clean Energy initiative, Mayor Dyer has also signed the Under2 MOU, a commitment by sub-national governments launched at the United Nations COP 21 to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions towards net-zero by 2050 and implement strategies to mitigate a 2 degree Celsius rise in global temperature from pre-industrial levels. Currently, City of Orlando has a goal of reducing GHG emissions by 90 percent compared to 2007 levels by the 2040, a more ambitious target than the international Paris Climate agreement. Orlando joins a total of 170 jurisdictions representing 33 countries and six continents that have also signed or endorsed the Under2 MOU.
“The Sierra Club applauds Mayor Dyer for supporting a vision of powering Orlando with 100 percent clean, renewable energy and joining more than 167 governments around the World to commit to under 2 degrees rise in temperature from pre-industrial levels. This is an important step forward for Orlando and Mayor Dyer’s proclamation builds on Orlando’s strong track record of leadership,” said Frank Jackalone, Sierra Club Florida Chapter Director.
For the full list of Mayors for 100% Clean Energy and more information on the initiative, visit Mayors4CleanEnergy.org.
For more information on the Under2 MOU, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Subnational Global Climate Leadership, visit under2mou.org/the-mou.
Below is a photo of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer signing resolutions of support for both the Mayors for 100% Clean Energy and the Under2 MOU.