Publish date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Contact's name: Mayor’s Office of Communications, 415-554-6131

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement on President Barack Obama’s selection of San Francisco as a Climate Action Champion:

“Today, President Obama recognized San Francisco as a Climate Action Champion for our steadfast leadership on climate change. The President’s recognition of San Francisco’s leadership affirms the important role of cities in fighting climate change while actions at the national and international levels continue to stagnate.

As a global center of innovation and environmental action, San Francisco is setting aggressive goals and reducing carbon pollution while saving residents money, improving their health, addressing equity, and creating jobs. In fact, San Francisco has successfully reduced our greenhouse gas emissions while our economy and population have both grown.

I thank the President for his continued leadership on climate change and the recent historic joint announcement with China. As a Climate Action Champion, San Francisco is ready to extend our leadership and leverage the opportunities for Federal technical and financial assistance offered by the Obama Administration.”

San Francisco’s greenhouse gas emissions for 2010 were 14.5 percent below 1990 levels. The City aims to achieve reductions of 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2017, and 40 percent by 2025.