City of Reno’s Leaders Honor Paris Agreement—We Are Still In

City and State Governments serving 130 million Americans, We Are Still In, #COP23

Mayor Schieve joins over 2,500 leaders from America’s city halls, state houses, boardrooms, businesses, and college campuses by signing the “We Are Still In” Declaration stating the City of Reno’s commitment to meet the Paris Agreement in the absence of federal leadership. We Are Still In is a bipartisan initiative spanning all 50 states and representing over 130 million Americans and $6.2 trillion of the U.S. economy. The initiative represents more than half the U.S. economy and population, showing that the people have declared their support for the Paris Agreement – and this is only the start.

We are proud to stand with over one hundred of America’s climate champions participating in the United Nations climate talks at COP23 this week in Bonn, Germany. University presidents, mayors, governors, and business leaders are highlighting America’s steps to reduce climate pollution and standing in solidarity with international leaders, showing the world that US leadership on climate change extends well beyond federal policy.

On November 7, Mayor Schieve was recognized for her leadership in joining We Are Still In by GREENevada, which honored her with the 2017 Golden Pinecone Sustainability Award in the public service category. Mayor Schieve was quick to share this honor with her colleagues, “I accept this award on behalf of the entire Council,” Schieve said. “I’m fortunate to have a great team. This wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of the entire Council and City staff.”

Mayor Schieve joins 135 community members that have received a Golden Pinecone Award since its inception in 1988, including three of her colleagues, councilmembers David Bobzien, Jenny Brekhus and Naomi Duerr. The awards were established to bring the environmental community together and to recognize outstanding organizations and individuals for their achievements toward improving and sustaining our natural environment.

Reno has long seen itself as a pioneer city. In the beginning, Reno was a town built on mining and gaming. The economy of the two industries brought the city into the limelight. Today, Reno has its sights on building our clean energy economy. In the past decade alone, the City of Reno has invested in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that have reduced municipal building energy use by 37% providing cumulative savings of $10.3 million, resources that now support other city priorities.

On August 23, the Mayor and City Council initiated our newest effort to reduce carbon pollution by joining the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge, committing to reduce municipal building energy use an additional 20% by 2025 across 38 facilities and 1.7 million square feet.

The City can’t achieve our climate goals alone, so the City of Reno launched an ambitious program—ReEnergize Reno—to improve the efficiency of commercial, industrial, and multifamily buildings 20% by 2025. The program will help cut energy and water waste in large buildings, and reduce climate pollution. Investments in cost-effective building efficiency strategies will stimulate innovation, bolster our economy, promote a healthy environment, and create highly skilled jobs within the community.

Companies that invest in energy efficiency are also aligning their business with and helping us to secure our clean energy future. The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) estimated that by investing in energy efficiency in Nevada to cut electricity use 22% [our state’s goal to meet the Clean Power Plan] we could save businesses and residents $3.4 billion by 2020 and create 4,680 new jobs in trade, installation, professional services, manufacturing, engineering, and research.

As the fastest warming city in the U.S., the future of Reno is bound by the actions we make to address climate pollution. We have all seen the results of severe weather patterns that have been caused by the dramatic shift in our global climate. Tsunamis, tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, droughts. In Reno, we have seen long droughts and a dramatic increase of flooding and wildfires in the most recent years. These natural disasters have shaken our perspective and challenged our assumptions about the future.

Right now we are being presented with a new opportunity to make Reno more resilient. By joining We Are Still In, Reno’s leaders have signaled our commitment to taking actions to lower our carbon emissions and ensure our future prosperity, as well as a clean air and a healthy environment for our families.

Reno honors the Paris Agreement.

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