Horrigan joins hundreds of mayors across the nation by signing Executive Order
— Today, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan signed an Executive Order directing all employees and contractors of the city of Akron to “consider the impacts on the environment when implementing policies, proposing new legislation, awarding contracts and making decisions that affect the City, its neighborhoods, and its citizens.”
The order reaffirms Horrigan’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to prevent the most dangerous consequences of climate change for this and future generations.
“As mayor, I work every single day to address the issues that directly impact our residents – from the health, safety and economic welfare of our families, to the quality of our neighborhood services and the condition of our infrastructure,” he said. “However, the impending dangers of climate change directly threaten our future, and we simply cannot afford to sit by and do nothing. Local leaders are being called upon, now more than ever, to stand up for the welfare of our environment and act in the best interests of our communities. Today, I am proud to stand with hundreds of mayors across the nation, including our neighbors in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Detroit, in making this responsible commitment.”
The Executive Order, available at http://bit.ly/2sudWIY, lays out the many successful initiatives and programs the city has undertaken to meet its environmental obligations, including the use of complete and green streets design in public projects, exploring conservation easements on watershed property, using hybrid vehicles and bicycles for city business, and deploying energy efficient lighting in city buildings.
“Through this order, I have pledged to continue our efforts to reduce the city of Akron’s carbon footprint and make smart, cost-effective decisions that benefit the environment, save on energy and operational costs, and make valuable use of taxpayer dollars,” Horrigan added. “Akron has always been an innovative and resourceful community—and I anticipate that the rise of green technology will continue to create jobs and spur economic development in Akron for generations to come.”
The order also reaffirms the city’s commitment to its 7 Guiding Principles, first adopted in 2007, to support sustainability and environmental responsibility, including: implementing efficient waste management and waste reduction programs; instituting an environmentally, socially, and economically responsible purchasing program; and encouraging the concept of new urbanism and regional smart growth across the city.