File #: 180706    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: LAPSED
File created: 6/21/2018 In control: Committee on the Environment
On agenda: Final action:
Title: Authorizing the Committee on the Environment to Hold Hearings on The State of the Environment in 2018.
Sponsors: Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Squilla
Attachments: 1. Signature18070600.pdf
Authorizing the Committee on the Environment to Hold Hearings on The State of the Environment in 2018.

WHEREAS, The City of Philadelphia, non-profit organizations, advocacy groups, neighborhood coalitions, and everyday citizens have worked tirelessly in 2018 to advance causes related to the environment. Much of this incredible work happens behind the scenes by individuals who passionately believe in leaving a healthier and more sustainable world for future generations of Philadelphians that will be forced to deal with the consequences of choices made in this year; and

WHEREAS, Environmental advocacy has been especially critical in 2018 as the Trump Administration has signaled its clear intention to roll back regulations designed to protect the environment. The Trump administration has chosen to ignore both the science around climate change and reporting by its own Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which concedes that the United States accounts for 22% of the world's carbon emissions while only holding 5% of the world's population. In 2018, the Trump administration proposed cutting the budget to the EPA by over 25% and issued or promulgated rules that will impact negatively the everything from the cars we drive to the sources of power we use. Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp offered a view shared by many when he stated, "the Trump Administration's budget is a blueprint for a less healthy, more polluted America." To combat regressive policies at the federal level, Philadelphia must continue to be a leader in environment and sustainability initiatives; and

WHEREAS, Environmental policy for the City of Philadelphia is directed by the Office of Sustainability (OOS), which has eight long-term priorities for making Philadelphia sustainable for all citizens. These include: accessible food and drinking water; healthy outdoor and indoor air; clean and efficient energy; climate prepared and carbon neutral communities; quality natur...

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