21 Actions of Urban Environmental Accords

San Fransisco Accords (2005) signed by world Mayors during World Environment Day. The signatory of the accords based on understanding that cities will face serious problems in the future. Therefore, it is very important that world mayors implement actions of the accords. The world Mayors concluded 21 actions as part of the Accords. The world Mayors will implement the urban environmental accords based on the capacity and the affordability of the city. The 21 actions are as follows:


Action 1; Adopt and implement a policy to increase the use of renewable energy to meet ten percent of the city’s peak electric load within seven years.

Action 2; Adopt and implement a policy to reduce the city’s peak electric load by ten percent within seven years through energy efficency, shiffting the timing of energy demands, and conservation measures.

Action 3; Adopt a citywide greenhouse gas reduction plan that reduces the jurisdiction’s emissions by twenty-five percent by 2030, and which includes a system for accounting and auditing greenhouse gas emissions.

Waste Reduction

Action 4; Establish a policy to achieve zero waste to landfills and incinerators by 2040.

Action 5; Adopt a citywide law that reduces the use of disposabl, toxic, or non-renewable product category by at least fifty percent in seven years.

Action 6; Implement user-friendly recycling and composting programs, with the goal of reducing by twenty percent per capita solid waste disposal to landfill and incineration in seven years.

Urban Design

Action 7; Adopt a policy that mandates a green building rating system standard that applies to all new municipal buildings.

Action 8; Adopt urban planning principles and practices that advance higher density, mixed use, walkable, bikeable and disabled-accessible neighborhoods which cordinate land use and transportation with open space systems for recreation and ecological restoration.

Action 9 Adopt a policy or implement a program that creates environmentally beneficial jobs in slums and/or low income neighborhoods.

Urban Nature

Action 10; Ensure there is an accessible park or recreational open space within half a kilometer of every city by 2015.

Actions 11; Conduct an inventory of existing canopy coverage in the city, and, then establish a goal based on ecological and community considerations to plant and maintain canopy coverage in not less than fifty percent of all sidewwalk planting sites.

Action 12; Pass legislation that protects critical habitat corridors and other key habitat characteristics (e.g. water features, food bearing, shelter for wildlife, use of native species, etc) from unsustainable development.


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