Parma Heights, OH - Friday, August 22, Mayor Byrne and local leaders came together to discuss the benefits of local and environmental stewardship projects and proposed federal carbon limit rules to protect public health, increase the quality of life in communities and grow the local economy.
Speaking to the importance of local projects, Mayor Byrne had this to say, �The city of Parma Heights and our residents understand that our actions make a difference, especially as they pertain to environmental stewardship practices. In 2010, upon taking office, I put into place a �Greening of Parma Heights Initiative' and we have had numerous projects and grants move us in a greener direction. Whether it's recycling, planting a tree, volunteering for the Garden Club, playing at a city park or visiting the Cleveland Metroparks, everyone has an opportunity to make a difference.�
Mayor Byrne was joined by Brian Zimmerman, Chief Executive Officer of Cleveland Metroparks, and Mike Piepsny, Executive Director at Environmental Health Watch. They shared local and federal, public health, and environmental initiatives to address climate change impacts and promote sustainable energy in our region.
"Cleveland Metroparks' extensive greenways and trail networks are some of its greatest asset� said Brian M. Zimmerman, CEO, Cleveland Metroparks. "The new Big Creek/Parma Heights Connector Trail is an important example of two partners working together to provide opportunities for recreation, education, health and wellness while enjoying the outdoors. We are confident that this important trail connector will continue to increase the community's appreciation for the value of trails for generations to come."
Mike Piepsny spoke on the public health aspects, �The recently completed Climate Action Plan for the city of Cleveland outlines a number of anticipated impacts on public health as a result of climate change, such as reduced summer air quality in urban areas due to increases in carbon emissions. This will affect our most vulnerable populations. Initiatives, such as the Greening of Parma Heights, are examples of good environmental stewardship that protect the environment, but also the health of our communities.�