“We have the tools and strategies to mitigate the worst effects of extreme weather.
cooling neighborhoods, strengthening infrastructure and being good stewards of our resources, ”Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told Congress on Friday.
Garcetti was joined in a House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis hearing on resilient communities by Madison, Wisconsin Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, Co-Chair of Climate Mayors, who also said technology exists to address threats.
He told Congressmen that additional direct grants and technical assistance from the federal government could be transformative.
Climate Mayors is a national network of mayors representing 476 American cities that have committed to fighting climate change.
In April, the group released a report asserting that rebuilding a green economy led by local governments and supported by the federal government is a critical first step in achieving our climate goals, while ensuring a fair, equitable and fair economic recovery. sustainable that is resilient for generations to come.
“Climate Mayors success stories across the country demonstrate that environmental stewardship, fiscal responsibility and economic growth are not mutually exclusive,” the group said in the white paper.
During the hearing, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who has committed her city to 100 percent clean energy by 2035, said that nearly every challenge she faces in her office, from infrastructure to unemployment, Affordable housing and transportation mayors may be related to climate change.
Climate Crisis Committee Chair Kathy Castor (D-FL) said strong partnerships between the federal government are essential.
He added that more needs to be done to improve environmental justice across the board for low-income Americans and minorities, from transportation to housing.
Garret Graves (R-LA), a member of the Committee’s Rating Minority Party, told the hearing that efforts to build resilience are vital:
“The worst thing we can do is rely on disaster recovery.”
Garcetti said a key strategy for building resilience is to improve existing building conditioning and conditioning programs – interventions that support HVAC renovations, strong air filtration, and electrification to improve indoor air quality:
“These actions, in turn, will create jobs, protect health and safety, reduce building operating costs, and at the same time mitigate climate change by installing zero-emission energy sources and improving energy efficiency. of the buildings, “said the mayor of Los Angeles.
He noted that Los Angeles pioneered a resilience approach by becoming the first major city in the United States to install cold pavement on a public road.
Construction started in 2017.
With 15 miles in stock and 60 more miles available for completion next year, Garcetti said the city is innovating in materials.
Kelly Armstrong, a Republican committee member from North Dakota, where two-thirds of the state is in a historic drought, said part of the problem is that there is little local involvement in federal efforts that may affect climate change.
Garcetti emphasized that cities must turn to the federal government with ideas of resilience for cooperation to happen.
“You can’t come to Washington with an empty hat in your hand,” said the mayor of the big city.