Mayor Edbrard Casaubon launched Mexico City's ‘Plan Verde’ in 2007 with aim of putting Mexico City on the road to becoming fully sustainable in 15 years. Once notorious for air pollution and some of the world’s worst traffic congestion, Mexico City is now a leading international example of the potential of municipal Green Planning to combat the causes of climate change. Read more here [http://www.mexicocityexperience.com./green_living/]
Environmental areas included in the Plan are soil conservation; habitability and public space; repair and extension of the water infrastructure, including drainage and treatment; mobility; air; waste and recycling; and energy and climate change. Developed after a 1 million-person survey, the Plan Verde has widespread public support. Read the UN’s Ban Ki-Moon’s praise of the Green Plan here [http://www.un.org/apps/news/infocus/sgspeeches/search_full.asp?statID=570]
Projects now underway include a major renovation of bus and taxi fleets to lower pollution; fully replacing the government fleet with efficient, low-emitting vehicles by 2012; extending mass transit lines; creating pedestrian-only zones; increasing support for bicycling (300 km of bikeways by 2012); mandatory emissions testing for cargo vehicles and reorganizing cargo vehicle traffic.
The City is partnering with several nonprofits regarding transport issues, including Centro de Transporte Sustentable de Mexico and the World Resources Institute.
The Plan includes an evaluation and monitoring Council to enable citizens to know, enrich and value environmental actions in a transparent manner. Also consistent with the basic framework of Green Plans, Plan Verde will be evaluated on an ongoing basis by various governmental bodies such as the Mayor's Office, the Ministry of the Interior, Environment, etc. Among the Plan’s advisors is Nobel Prize laureate Mario Molina.
Read more about the Plan here (SP) [www.sma.df.gob.mx]
As a function of its mission to educate and advocate, RRI conducted several outreach visits around the year 2000 to Mexico regarding Green Plans. In 2000, RRI founder Huey Johnson attended a conference to launch EcoRegion Fundacion in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. Following this, the Fundacion's Executive Director visited the Netherlands on an RRI-sponsored tour in late 2000. Mr. Johnson revisited the state in 2002 and met with the Fundacion's President and key stakeholders. Later in 2002, RRI staff conducted outreach visits to Mexico City where they met with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), non-governmental organizations, and business representatives. That same year, Mr. Johnson addressed over twenty of the state secretaries of environment and state-level SEMARNAT officials at a seminar facilitated by the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and at SEMARNAT in Mexico City. Communications have continued over the intervening years.
In 2008, RRI hosted a conference on Green Plans and climate change featuring a presentation by Mexico City’s Environmental Minister, Martha Delgado. Responsible for the implementation of the Plan Verde, Ms. Delgado is leading Mexico City towards its goal of becoming the ‘greenest city in Latin America’.
Watch Minister Delgado describe her personal motivation for cutting carbon emissions in Mexico City here [http://www.youtube.com/user/ResourceRenewal#p/a/u/2/XrF9EKQFt0c]