The vision for the Accords is to create a grassroots political movement through public citizens’ ability to influence Mayors who are already responsible for tackling many urban environmental issues. This June, Mayor Gavin Newsom has invited Mayors from around the globe to come to San Francisco under the umbrella of the United Nations World Environment Day to forge a path towards a sustainable urban future. The Accords represent a coherent set of objectives based on existing and emerging best-practices.

Cities have a great deal in common: they have to provide energy, water, transportation, recycling, parks, trees, and clean air for their citizens. Additionally, Mayors are directly accountable to the people in a way that is not always true of national leaders.

By working together to solve and implement common-sense solutions to common problems the Accords will become a living and dynamic process that can lead to real and positive changes on the ground.