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Martin Chávez
Executive Director, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA.

Martin J. Chávez, three-term former mayor of Albuquerque, is Executive Director of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA, the nation’s leading advocate for more than 600 cities, towns, and counties that are taking action to combat climate change, save energy, create green jobs, and improve the quality of life of residents and their communities.
Known for his passion and unremitting commitment to clean energy and the environment, Chávez has garnered worldwide recognition for his accomplished work on climate and sustainability during his twelve years as Albuquerque mayor. He received the World Leadership Award for Water and Utilities (London) 2006, the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Award (first place) 2007, the EPA Climate Protection Award (first place) 2008, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce/Siemens Sustainability Award 2008 and the Renewable Energy Innovator of the Year Award/Association of Energy Engineers 2008, among several others.

Prior to becoming its Executive Director, Chávez was a member of the ICLEI USA Board of Directors and of the worldwide ICLEI Executive Committee. He also served as a Trustee of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), chaired the Urban Water Council, and was co-chair of USCM’s Climate Change Task Force, which involved lectures around the country and in France and Mexico.

Blog Entries by Martin Chávez

The Distance Between Antarctica and Your Community

Posted April 27, 2011 | 18:53:08 (EST)

Earth Day serves as a time to appreciate and celebrate the natural wonders of our planet -- and a moment to rally ourselves to do the work necessary to save it. Several weeks ago, I was given an opportunity to experience this appreciation and motivation in an entirely new way....

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The Clean Energy Road to 2035 Paved by the Hard Work of Local Governments

Posted February 8, 2011 | 18:37:43 (EST)

During his State of the Union address, President Obama threw down the innovation gauntlet to Congress and the American people in declaring that 80 percent of our nation's energy will come from clean energy sources by 2035. This ambitious target is both necessary and achievable -- and local governments have...

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Reflections on Cancún From a Local Government Perspective

Posted December 30, 2010 | 16:15:37 (EST)

Nations and local governments alike emerged from the global climate talks in Cancún with a set of hard fought advancements found in "The Cancún Agreements." It is now time for the world to continue with this positive momentum by tackling the work of creating and implementing a global solution --...

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