San Francisco Department of the Environment

Urban Environmental Accords

On June 5, 2005, San Francisco hosted United Nations World Environment Day, during which Mayor Gavin Newsom presented mayors from around the world with a unique opportunity: to create a set of objectives for an urban future that would be "ecologically sustainable, economically dynamic, and socially equitable." Based on existing best practices and applied to issues like energy, waste reduction, urban nature, transportation, and water, the Urban Environmental Accords have since been signed by more than a hundred mayors who have begun applying accord principles in their own cities across the globe.

Since that time, San Francisco has been adopting three Urban Environmental Accords actions per year.

Resources

Resolutions

2006 Resolution to Prioritize Three Urban Environmental Accords Actions for Adoption  (PDF)
2007 Resolution to Prioritize Three Urban Environmental Accords Actions for Adoption  (PDF)
2008 Resolution to Prioritize Three Urban Environmental Accords Actions for Adoption  (PDF)
2009 Resolution to Prioritize Three Urban Environmental Accords Actions for Adoption  (PDF)

Press Releases

Mayors Sign Historic Urban Environmental Accords (June 5, 2005)
S.F. Environment Conference for World's Mayors Will be a Hands-On Experience in "Green Cities" Living (April 21, 2005)
Public Input Sought Before Mayors Sign Green Cities Intiatives at U.N.  U.N. World Environment Day Conference(March 31, 2005) 
Mayor Newsom Announces World Environment Day(March 18, 2005)