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ACLS Leader Query: Hon. Greg Nickels on Local Climate Leadership

By Nichole Tucker
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The 2017 America Climate Leadership Summit has brought hundreds of leaders to the "mantle," to discuss the next steps for addressing our changing climate. Among them are local government leaders like the Honorable Greg Nickels. 

The Hon. Greg Nickels is the 51st mayor of Seattle, Washington. Since taking on this role, Nickels has worked consistently to make climate a priority in his city and nationwide. He is the curator of the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement and recipient of the following awards: 

  • 2006 Climate Protection Award (Environmental Protection Agency)
  • 2006 Edgar Wayburn Award for Environmental Leadership (Sierra Club)
  • 2006 National Conservation Achievement Award (National Wildlife Federation)

In preparation for the two-day event, ACLS 2017, ecoAmerica distributed an inquiry to the summit speakers and Mayor Nickels responded to our questions. Here is what he had to say. 

What do you wish more Americans knew about climate change?

Even though it is a Global crisis, each one of us can make a difference — in our home, workplace, and community.

What are current climate initiatives or efforts that inspire you/give you hope that we will effectively address climate change, even with the dearth of federal leadership on the issue?

Local action remains the key ingredient. One person, one city, one nation at a time.

What do you hope/believe the American Climate Leadership Summit will accomplish in moving the needle on climate action?

Seeing that we stand united on taking action to combat the climate crisis gives us the strength to move forward.


Mayor Greg Nickels is scheduled to moderate on the second day (October 26) of the American Climate Leadership Summit. The "Communities Mantle," will feature four influential climate leaders.