Inspiring Us to Lead on Climate: Congratulations to Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch has proven that it is indeed possible to make a positive impact in fighting climate change. As the mayor of Connecticut’s largest city since 2007, he has been a tireless leader in driving sustainability initiatives and meaningful climate action within his community and throughout the City’s operations, which provides services for nearly 150,000 residents, its businesses, and other local organizations. And he has similarly engaged his peers, partners, competitors, and diverse stakeholders toward forward-thinking progress on climate solutions as the Co-Chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Energy Independence and Climate Change Task Force,

His efforts have not gone unnoticed. Last week, Mayor Finch was honored with an EPA Climate Leadership Award, in partnership with the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), and The Climate Registry. His long list of accomplishments include: developing a sustainability “greenprint” through a public-private partnership and collaborating with more than 100 stakeholder organizations to advance more than 60 projects including the creation of new green jobs and businesses; training inner-city youth for the Mayor’s Conservation Corps to educate low-income residents about energy efficiency and conservation; and creating climate resilient solutions for the coastal community’s under-served residents.

Please join us in congratulating and thanking Mayor Finch for his contributions and his inspiration as we lead our own communities toward meaningful climate action. 

Two New England businesses and one individual recognized by EPA for climate leadership

By David Deegan | EPA Climate Change Newsroom | 02/24/2015

BOSTON – EPA has recognized the leadership of one individual and two New England companies for their climate actions, such as investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy, and preparing for the impacts of climate change. In addition to Bridgeport, Conn. Mayor Bill Finch, the companies recognized by EPA in the fourth annual Climate Leadership Awards are The Hartford of Hartford, Conn., and EMC Corp. of Hopkinton, Mass.

The New England winners were part of an elite group of only 16 organizations and one individual recognized by EPA’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership, in partnership with the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and The Climate Registry for taking action consistent with the goals of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan for addressing global climate change through policy, innovation and business solutions.

“I am proud to acknowledge the contributions made by The Hartford, EMC Corp. and by Mayor Finch, who are showing the positive difference we can make to reduce the greenhouse gases that are impacting our climate,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office. “New Englanders have always been forward thinking about solving environmental issues, so I am confident their example will inspire other companies and communities to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to our environment.”

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