Bon Voyage Mayor Skadron
Aspen makes the news a lot, and it's usually touting the town's luxury properties or blower powder days here in the Roaring Fork Valley. (Sometimes it's even for interior design!) But this week, it's in the news for a more serious and worldly matter: Mayor Steve Skadron was invited to Paris to participate in the Climate Summit for Local Leaders, which is part of the United Nations Climate Change Conference. There are 190 nations represented at the conference, running through Dec. 11, and leaders are expected to draft a climate change agreement to curb emissions and reduce the effects of a warming planet.
While Skadron won't be partaking in the global decision-making, he will be sharing about the success Aspen has made a slowing emissions. It became the third U.S. city to reach a 100 percent renewable energy goal, and has been able to maintain automobile emissions levels to the amount they were in 1993. He says that Aspen has been able to achieve locally what the country has failed to do nationally, and he's ready to share that path to success with others.