Lambertville Mayor Dave Del Vecchio announced that he is joining more than 300 mayors throughout the nation in committing their cities to meeting the goals agreed to by the United States in Paris as part of the global Climate Change Agreement.
“Taken together, the efforts of cities, states and businesses can enable the United States to meet its Paris commitment, despite President Trump withdrawing from the agreement and failing to provide federal leadership on this critical issue,” the city said in a statement.
“I want to make sure that Lambertville does its part to combat climate change,” Del Vecchio said. “Joining together with so many of my fellow mayors, I know we can make a difference, keeping our nation in the forefront of leadership on limiting global temperature increases and, as a result, avoiding the worst consequences of climate change, despite President Trump’s ill-advised move to withdraw from the Paris agreement.”
“As 340 U.S. Mayors representing 65 million Americans, we will adopt, honor, and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement,” reads the U.S. mayors’ statement. “We will intensify efforts to meet each of our cities’ current climate goals, push for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, and work together to create a 21st century clean energy economy.
“We will continue to lead,” continued the joint statement. “We are increasing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. We will buy and create more demand for electric cars and trucks. And if the President wants to break the promises made to our allies enshrined in the historic Paris Agreement, we’ll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks.”
“The world cannot wait — and neither will we,” agreed the City of Lambertville release. “The specific goals Mayor Del Vecchio committed the City of Lambertville to as outlined in the Paris accords are reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 26% below 2005 levels by 2025, and to make best efforts to reduce to 28%.”
Del Vecchio will introduce a resolution that reflects the commitment to meet the Paris Goals for approval at an upcoming Council meeting, the city said, and the Environmental Commission will be enlisted to prepare an annual report on the city’s activities in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Officials point out that Lambertville has implemented a broad range of initiatives aimed at reducing its carbon footprint, such as a comprehensive recycling program, which includes single-stream recycling and a “third can” initiative targeted at food waste and organic material, stepped-up use of renewable energy through the South Energy Regional Energy Cooperative (SHREC), and dramatically increased energy conservation through government building improvements.