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City of Rochester Mayor Kim Norton introduces Sustainability Pledge
Mayor Kim Norton is encouraging Rochester residents to join her in making a commitment to improving sustainability in our community by signing a Sustainability Pledge. The Sustainability Pledge is intended to encourage Rochester residents to commit to making small but tangible changes in their lives that can result in big impacts for the planet.
A pledge launch event will be held on December 16, 2019 following the day’s scheduled City Council Study Session which begins at 3:30 p.m. and is scheduled to end at 5:00 p.m. The launch event will be held in the rotunda just outside of Council Chambers at City Hall. Networking and refreshments will begin at 5 p.m. with a brief program scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Just over a year ago, Norton was elected to the Office of the Mayor with the creation of a “smart, efficient, and sustainable community” being a key focus of her campaign.
Among her many first-year accomplishments, the Mayor joined the “Climate Mayors” and served as a signee in working to meet the Paris Climate Accord agreements. She has attended a national Mayors Climate Conference and also presented at two local/regional sustainability-related conferences. She has participated in a statewide delegation to Stockholm, Sweden to learn about their sustainability and circular economy initiatives, signed an agreement with our sister-city for energy (Muenster, Germany) to extend our relationship and exchange program for an additional two years and was a delegate on that exchange.
Working with Rochester’s Sustainability Director, the Mayor helped promote the benchmarking program for public and private buildings and joined him in accepting the LEED Gold certification as Minnesota’s first designee to receive this honor. Most recently, the Mayor has supported the efforts of Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) and is working with administration to begin a Sustainability & Resiliency Task Force and a city-wide Green Team that will ensure our city continues its focus on addressing the effects of climate change and being more sustainable.
“It’s remarkable how just a few simple adjustments to our physical environment or minor changes to our behaviors can result in a substantial positive impact on our environment and on the future of our planet,” Norton said. “We all need to do our part in order to assure our children and grandchildren have a safe and secure future. Our youth are asking us to help. I hope the community will join me in doing our part to make certain that their concerns and fears are addressed.”
The pledge can be accessed here on the City of Rochester’s website; physical copies can be picked up at the launch event or in the Mayor’s office following the event.