Former Mayor Martin J. Chávez, Albuquerque, NM
- Location: NM 87101
- Marching Since: July 12, 2006
Albuquerque is proof that you can have a sustainable outlook that is also good for business. Some years ago, we set out to clean up our air with emissions requirements, alternative fuel city fleets and conservation initiatives. At the same time, we began an ambitious water infrastructure and conservation program unmatched anywhere else in the country. Today our air is getting progressively cleaner, our urban landscape is increasingly bike and pedestrian friendly, and our economic and cultural engines have never run stronger, as top recent rankings by both Forbes and American Style magazines attest. Since Washington has so far failed to seriously act against climate change, cities are stepping up to show the world that, individual by individual, and community by community, we can change our destiny.
Martin J. Chávez
Former Mayor of Albuquerque