Mayor Summit in PDX: ‘Green wall’ on West Coast

Mayors from Seattle, SF, Eugene, LA came to Portland

The mayors of Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Eugene came to Portland for a summit, Dec. 10, 2015 (Charlie Hales Twitter feed)
The mayors of Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Eugene came to Portland for a summit, Dec. 10, 2015 (Charlie Hales Twitter feed)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The mayors from major cities along the West Coast pledged Friday to work together on climate issues and renewed commitments to reduce carbon emissions by at least 80% in each city by 2050.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti came to Portland to discuss climate and homelessness with Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, who hosted the summit.

“We are creating a ‘green wall’ along the West Coast,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales in a statement. “When we act in collaboration, cities have an outsized impact. The West Coast will help move the meter on climate change.”

Among the goals identified that each city can work on independently include making municipal operations cleaner, moving toward solar and renewable energy and converting city fleets to electric vehicles.

Electric vehicles was a source of collaborative agreement. The mayors agreed to work to complete the West Coast Electric Vehicle Highway.

“Climate change is much more than an economic or environmental challenge. Fundamentally, it is an issue of social justice,” Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said in a statement.

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