Mayors honored for climate protection programs
Albuquerque, N.M., and Fayetteville, Ark., received first place awards from the Washington-based U.S. Conference of Mayors’ (USCM) Climate Protection Awards Program. Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez and Fayetteville Mayor Dan Coody received the awards during USCM’s annual luncheon on June 23.
Albuquerque won the large city category for its AlbuquerqueGreen Program that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by promoting bicycle riding, switching the city’s vehicles to alternative fuels and encouraging pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use urban village initiatives. Fayetteville’s Alternative Transportation and Trail Master Plan won first place for small cities. The plan led to the creation of 129 miles of multi-use trails with links to the city to encourage alternative forms of transportation, such as bicycles. For more information on the first place winners and cities that received outstanding achievement awards, go to www.usmayors.org.