On June 5, 2005, San Francisco hosted United Nations World Environment Day, during which Mayor Gavin Newsom presented mayors from around the world with a unique opportunity to create a set of objectives for an urban future that would be "ecologically sustainable, economically dynamic, and socially equitable." Based on existing best practices and applied to issues like energy, waste reduction, urban nature, transportation, and water, the Urban Environmental Accords have since been signed by more than a hundred mayors who have begun applying accord principles in their own cities across the globe. Since then, San Francisco has adopted three Urban Environmental Accords actions per year.



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