On Friday 21 September 2012, Phil spoke with local enviornmentalists about his vision and record on environmental issues. He pointed out his record off activism and legislation:
- Phil was arrested with other activists who successfully found the right leverage to convert and preserve the Glover Archibold Park near Wisconsin Ave and Van Ness St NW — after initial failures;
- Phil supported the District’s struggling tree canopy with his Tree Bill;
- Phil has supported renewable energy;
- Phil supported preserving Klingle Valley as a park;
- Phil supports keeping pressure on the EPA, DDOE and the Council to deal with smart storm water maintenance and related development to strive for the highest standards for water quality;
- Phil has pushed for the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) buses.
- Phil understands the importance of strong clean air standards;
- Phil supports many of SmokeFreeDC initiatives to ensure healthy environments for all residents.
Phil also touched on other topics. He hopes to lead the Council on ethics by setting a better example. He noted that although the District’s crime rate has been decreasing for years, if the District’s murder rate were comparable to New York City’s we’d have forty (40) murders in 2012 instead of eighty (80). He’ll give special attention to reforming public schools with a specific focus on teacher/principal turnover and truancy.
Phil Mendelson’s Record on the Environment
In his decades of service to the residents of Washington, DC, Phil Mendelson has led Washington’s transformation into an environmentally-advanced city. His has been a consistent voice for defending green spaces as nonnegotiable and essential to urban quality of life, the development of green power and clean energy development, and affirmatively expanding our ever-diminishing tree canopy.
- According to the Sierra Club, he has a 100% green voting record
- In the 1980s, as an ANC member, Phil led the campaign to protect Glover Archbold Park from a threatened road project (and got arrested doing so).
- Phil earned the endorsement of the Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth in every one of his Council races dating back to 1998.
- Phil authored the District’s original Urban Forest Preservation Act, and has vigorously supported all subsequent tree-protection legislation.
- Phil led the fight on the Council to keep Klingle Road closed and reclaim Klingle Valley Park as green space.
- Phil fought to make Nationals Park a “green” stadium.
- Phil was a co-sponsor of the Terrorism Prevention and Safety in Hazardous Materials Transportation Emergency Act of 2004, which prohibited transportation of ultrahazardous materials through the City
- Phil introduced the SmokeFree Workplace legislation and fought against subsequent attempts to carve out exemptions for special events.
- Phil fought for CNG busses, and addressed excessive bus idling issues via his introduction of the Motor Vehicle Excessive Idling law.
- Phil co-introduced the highly successful “Anacostia River Clean Up & Protection Act,” or “grocery-bag-fee-bill,” which provided funding for river clean up as well as reduce the number of grocery bags used .
- Phil co-introduced the “Green Buildings Amendment Act” and fought for amendments that would further strengthen Washington’s groundbreaking green-buildings legislation.
- Phil authored and successfully pushed for passage of the first “Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard” legislation as well as legislation to kick-start and expand the Reliable Energy Trust Fund. He also supported 2011 legislation to increase the mandated use of solar-generated electricity.
- In the current legislative session, Phil authored Bill 19-0484, the “Urban Forestry Administration Reorganization Act of 2011,” intended to provide greater protection to the City’s urban forest by
(1) increasing the number of trees subject to legal protection and
(2) streamlining the law’s enforcement mechanisms.
- Phil is also a co-introducer of Bill 19-0749, the “Energy Innovation and Savings Amendment Act of 2012,” which would promote the installation of solar energy systems and encourage energy conservation within the retail sector.
- Phil supports Bill 19-715, the “Community Renewables Energy Act of 2011,” which would permit DC residents to take advantage of solar-generated electricity even if they do not own their home, or if their home is not suited to producing solar power (for example, if the home is shaded by trees).