Mayor Manny Diaz (D), Miami, and Mayor Greg Nickels (D), Seattle, have formed the Mayors’ Alliance for Green Schools, a coalition of mayors seeking to strategically harness the leadership and creativity of mayors across the country to promote the benefits of green schools in their communities.
Developed in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C., the alliance will work to accelerate implementation of programs supporting the 2007 U.S. Conference of Mayors resolution calling for green schools for all children within a generation.
“I’ve seen the enormous impact mayors have when they unite around a common goal,” says Nickels, who launched the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement in 2005, which advances the goals of the Kyoto Protocol and now boasts nearly 900 mayor signatories. “This new coalition of mayors will shine the light on the countless opportunities to make our schools greener, our students and teachers healthier, and our communities stronger.” In addition to Diaz and Nickels, the following mayors have joined the green schools effort: Frank Cownie (D), Des Moines, Iowa; Sheila Dixon (D), Baltimore; George Heartwell (I), Grand Rapids, Mich.; Gavin Newsom (D), San Francisco; and Will Wynn (D), Austin, Texas. For more information, visit www. usgbc.org.