U.S. Cities Show Global Leadership at Swedish Green Conference
Eleven U.S. mayors will share their urban sustainability practices with peers at the European Green Capital Conference on October 20-22 in Stockholm, Sweden. The U.S. Embassy in Sweden organized the delegation's visit as part of the Swedish American Green Alliance (SAGA), a bilateral initiative to promote clean technologies and sustainable solutions such as renewable energy and energy efficiency. Stockholm, named the Green Capital of Europe 2010 by the European Commission, is hosting the flagship event where European mayors will share best practices on sustainability and will discuss ways to overcome energy challenges.
Stockholm officials invited the presidents of the National League of Cities, Mayor Ron Loveridge of Riverside, California, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Mayor Elizabeth Kautz of Burnsville, Minnesota. The contingent also includes representatives from Portland, Oregon; Boulder, Colorado; Madison, Wisconsin; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Lawrence, New Jersey; Bayfield, Wisconsin; Tallahassee, Florida; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The participation of the U.S. delegation was organized in cooperation with the National League of Cities and the Institute for Eco-Municipalities Education and Assistance. See the SAGA page on the Web site of the American Embassy in Stockholm.