Marina signs eco-accords with gusto.
Monday, July 13, 2009
In early June, Marina joined the cities of Pacific Grove, Salinas, Monterey and Santa Cruz in adopting the United Nations Urban Environmental Accords and the Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.
Today, Marina Mayor Bruce Delgado and Councilman Frank O'Connell officially signed the documents at a 12:30 ceremony at City Hall.
"Protection of the environment, in part because of our dependence upon it, has been the driving force of my adult life," Delgado writes in an email announcing the event.
"Marina City Council's recent adoption of the [agreements] is a spiritual and soulful highpoint for me because it says the leaders in Marina agree to a better future that is based on healthy and wise decisions by and for everyone."
According to Sustainable Seaside member Kay Cline, about 30 people attended the ceremony. The Ventana Chapter of Sierra Club presented Delgado with a certificate naming Marina a "Cool City." City staff summarized the steps they have already taken to follow through on the accords' goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and becoming more environmentally sustainable.
Marina's move puts most of the Monterey Peninsula, along with Salinas, on board with the accords. Carmel-by-the-Sea and Seaside have yet to sign on.
The city of Monterey will host a celebration of its one-year anniversary of signing the accords Wednesday, July 22 from 3-5pm at Monterey City Hall.