The Mayors’ Alliance for Green Schools

Recognizing that sustainability in schools must come from grassroots-level efforts, the Mayors’ Alliance for Green Schools unites mayors from major cities and small towns across the country around a common goal: bringing the benefits of green schools to their local communities.

Initiated in October 2008 by Mayor Manuel A. Diaz of Miami and Mayor Greg Nickels of Seattle in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, The Mayors’ Alliance works in conjunction with the USGBC and its national network of chapters to harness the leadership and creativity of local community leaders nationwide. Members of the Alliance introduced and helped pass resolutions at a recent U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting, vowing that “in a generation every child in America will attend a green school.” A major Alliance initiative is the development of public-private partnerships with local businesses to enable schools to install green roofs and solar panels, implement recycling and sustainable purchasing programs and advance other green improvements.

Participating mayors also champion innovative legislation to promote the construction and retrofits of green schools and related projects such as safe biking and walking routes for students, developing and integrating green curriculum and greening school facility operations and maintenance.

Members of the Alliance

If you don’t see your representative listed below, we encourage you to ask them why. If your representative is listed below, please show your support by thanking them or offering to participate in the initiative.

Current members

  • Mayor Pete Lewis, Auburn, WA
  • Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Austin, TX
  • Mayor Dan Pike, Bellingham, WA
  • Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Boston, MA
  • Mayor Susan Osborne, Boulder, CO
  • Mayor Bill Finch, Bridgeport, CT
  • Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Charleston, SC
  • Mayor Cheryl Cox, Chula Vista, CA
  • Mayor Mark Mallory, Cincinnati, OH
  • Mayor Tom Leppert, Dallas, TX
  • Mayor T.M. Franklin Cownie, Des Moines, IA
  • Mayor Kitty Piercy, Eugene, OR
  • Mayor Lioneld Jordan, Fayetteville, AR
  • Mayor Randy McClement, Fredrick, MD
  • Mayor Jacob Smith, Golden, CO
  • Mayor George Heartwell, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Mayor Ronnie C. Harris, Gretna, LA
  • Mayor John Shoals, Grover Beach, CA
  • Mayor Jim Janney, Imperial Beach, CA
  • Mayor Mark Stodola, Little Rock, AR
  • Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Los Angeles, CA
  • Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville, KY
  • Mayor R.T. Rybak, Minneapolis, MN
  • Mayor Karl Dean, Nashville, TN
  • Mayor Ron Morrison, National City, CA
  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans, LA
  • Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, New York, NY
  • Mayor R. Keith Summey, North Charleston, SC
  • Mayor Patrick Henry Hays, North Little Rock, AR
  • Mayor Richard Moccia, Norwalk, CT
  • Mayor Jim Suttle, Omaha, NE
  • Mayor Jennifer Hosterman, Pleasanton, CA
  • Mayor Sam Adams, Portland, OR
  • Mayor Robert Cashell, Reno, NV
  • Mayor Dwight C. Jones, Richmond, VA
  • Mayor Jere Wood, Roswell, GA
  • Mayor Kevin Johnson, Sacramento, CA
  • Mayor Ralph Becker, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Mayor Julián Castro, San Antonio, TX
  • Mayor Jerry Sanders, San Diego, CA
  • Mayor Chuck Reed, San Jose, CA
  • Mayor Helene Schneider, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Mayor Mike McGinn, Seattle, WA
  • Mayor Parker Wiseman, Starkville, MS
  • Mayor Carl Brewer, Wichita, KS
  • Mayor Michael Coleman, Columbus, OH


Mayors Emeritus

  • Mayor Jerry Abramson, Louisville, KY
  • Mayor Bonnie Burgess, Alachua, FL
  • Mayor Martin J. Chávez, Albuquerque, NM
  • Mayor Richard Daley, Chicago, IL
  • Mayor Heidi Davison, Athens, GA
  • Mayor Manuel A. Diaz, Miami, FL
  • Mayor Sheila Dixon, Baltimore, MD
  • Mayor Oscar Goodman, Las Vegas, NV
  • Mayor John Hickenlooper, Denver, CO
  • Mayor Kaaren Jacobson, Bozeman, MT
  • Mayor Jim Newbery, Lexington, KY
  • Mayor Greg Nickels, Seattle, WA
  • Mayor Gavin Newsom, San Francisco, CA
  • Mayor Ellen O. Moyer, Annapolis, MD
  • Mayor Janice Peters, Morro Bay, CA
  • Mayor Elaine Walker, Bowling Green, KY
  • Mayor Will Wynn, Austin, TX
  • Mayor Gene Zick, Russellville, KY