February 17, 2014
On President’s Day, Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell joined State Rep. Winnie Brinks and City Commissioner Ruth Kelly at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich., to honor past presidents who have worked to protect public health with clean air legislation. They were also joined by two local business owners who spoke about their efforts to become more resilient to climate change, as well as increase their energy efficiency and use of renewables.
President Eisenhower made history when he signed into law the Air Pollution Control Act of 1955, paving the way for Presidents Johnson, Nixon and the first President Bush to follow his lead with life-saving revisions to what is now the Clean Air Act.
Our current president is thankfully forging his own clean air legacy with the National Climate Action Plan, including the first-ever federal standards for carbon pollution from power plants, the leading cause of climate change and extreme weather events. Now is the time for the President to build upon the past and the momentum growing from communities across the country to tackle climate change.
Read more about the event in Grand Rapids here: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140217/METRO06/302170040