San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has joined a new group of mayors focused on climate action. “Just as we are seeing the effects of climate change, we are also seeing cities rise to meet those challenges,” he said. “In San Diego, we are setting the standard when it comes to expanding the use of renewable energy, slashing greenhouse gas emissions and growing our green economy. We have a lot to share, and by working together we can make an even greater impact. I look forward to working with my colleagues to continue building a foundation for a cleaner future.”

The Climate Mayors Steering Committee, which has 24 bipartisan members from across the U.S. (including EcoRight favorite Mayor Jim Brainard of Carmel, Indiana), is tasked with “elevating city-led climate action to create healthier, equitable and more sustainable cities.” For its part, under Faulconer’s leadrship, San Diego has implemented a city-wide community energy choice program, added hundreds of miles of bike lanes, and installed solar panels to buildings.

Let’s hear it for the mayors.