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17 April 2009

On 17 April 2009 MSN - city guides reported: The 14 'greenest' mayors in the United States show that both large and small cities can make an environmental difference. Rated as number 11 of the country's greenest mayors, Fairfield, Iowa's Mayor Ed Malloy said that there is a clear connection between the environment and the economy. He hopes that the success of his city has can be used as a template for other cities to follow. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of government, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

Concerning Fairfield, Iowa, MSN reported, 'In November, the city fathers in this liberal southeastern Iowa outpost unanimously adopted a Green Strategic Plan. Their vote was more than ceremonial: they also secured a state-funded grant to hire a sustainability coordinator, to inventory their greenhouse gases and to create educational materials for residents. The new plan envisions everything from conserving energy to supporting local farms.'

Ed Malloy, who's been mayor since 2001, says the environment-economy connection is clear.

He hopes Fairfield's ideas will catch on and was quoted in the article as saying, 'We want to create a model community, a virtual template that other small towns can adopt to create the same results.'

Green ideas mayors are implementing include renewable energy, green building and city planning, hybrid car-sharing, bike-sharing, recycling, green job training, and other eco-friendly policies.

The 'greenest' mayors included:

1. Bob Dixson of Greensburg, Kansas (population 850)

2. R.T. Rybak, Minneapolis, Minnesota (population 377,000)

3. Phil Gordon, Phoenix, Arizona (population 1.6 million)

4. David Cicilline, Providence, Rhode Island (population 175,000)

5. Elaine Walker, Bowling Green, Kentucky (population 53,000)

6. Manuel Diaz, Miami, Florida (population 410,00000

7. Shirley Franklin, Atlanta, Georgia (population 519,000)

8. Ralph Becker, Salt Lake City, Utah (population 179,000)

9. Jerramiah Healy, Jersey City, New Jersey (population 242,000)

10. Richard Daley, Chicago, Illinois (population 2.8 million)

11. Ed Malloy, Fairfield, Iowa (population 9,650)

12. Gavin Newsom, San Francisco, California (population 765,000)

13. Greg Nickels, Seattle, Washington (population 594,000)

14. Michael Bloomberg, New York City, New York (population 8.2 million)

Every day Global Good News documents the rise of a better quality of life dawning in the world and highlights the need for introducing Natural Law based—Total Knowledge based—programmes to bring the support of Nature to every individual, raise the quality of life of every society, and create a lasting state of world peace.

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