West Chester mayor backs clean energy despite U.S. backing out of Paris accord

By Bill Rettew Jr., Daily Local News, 6/12/17

WEST CHESTER >> In light of President Donald Trump’s decision to dump the Paris accord, Mayor Jordan Norley is committed to meeting the clean energy goals of the agreement on a local level.

More than 150 mayors in the United States have endorsed the 100 percent clean energy goal, or making all use of energy clean and renewable, as part of the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 Campaign.

“The people of this world have a fundamental right to the ingredients of life — clean air, clean water and a sustainable future,” Norley said. “There is no better place to take a stand than our own homes, our own communities. With our national politics, the action we can take is local.”

Locally, Norley supports the international Paris agreement which sets a voluntary 2 degrees Celsius guardrail, and meets clean energy goals, in a bid to maintain a stable climate and stable economy.

Norley wants local governments to have control.

“We reject the notion that the state or federal government can override our rights as a community to a sustainable future,” the mayor said….

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Great news! Climate Summit Agreement

Dear Neighbors:

Great news for West Chester and the Planet!!  Reducing our carbon footprint has been a priority for West Chester Borough for many years. We have been a member of ICLEI for almost a decade and recently Borough Council and the Mayor signed on to the Compact of Mayors, which provides a framework for continuing to set and reach local goals for reducing fossil fuel emissions. The Borough’s new Environmental Sustainability Director and our Sustainability Advisory Team (coming soon), will use the ICLEI model as a guide.

The Borough of West Chester is proud to join with towns and cities around the world to take the action necessary to prevent the most catastrophic effects of climate change. Learn more about ICLEI and the agreement reached at the Paris Climate Summit below!

Thanks to all,

Carolyn T. Comitta, Mayor
Borough of West Chester

ICLEI Puts Local Action on Global Stage: A Summary from the COP21 Negotiation Zone

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On 12 December 2015, nations at the United Nations Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21) adopted a landmark “Paris Agreement” that strives to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, with the intent to pursue a 1.5-degree target. Through this Agreement, local and subnational governments are recognized as essential actors in fast tracking transformative action in the urban world. Continue reading