Mayors Voices: Portland Mayor Sam Adams

Portland Mayor Sam Adams attended last week’s C40 Cities Mayors Summit in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In an op-ed running in AOL Energy today, Mayor Adams talks about his vision for sharing best practices among cities in order to fight climate change:

In the United States, Portland is well known for an extensive bike network that encourages our residents to pedal whenever possible - a network we've honed by looking to best practices in places like Amsterdam and Copenhagen. We're also the home of the first modern streetcar system in the U.S., modeled after streetcar lines in the Czech Republic. And we're currently studying five pilot EcoDistricts, areas that combine elements like district energy and transportation options to create a holistic and sustainable neighborhood-similar to successful green neighborhood developments in Vancouver, BC and Malmo, Sweden.

As you can see, some of our best ideas have come from other cities. We borrow these best ideas, take them home, and try to perfect them in the context of Portland. Based on our successes, we know better than anyone else the value of learning from one another and building on each others' best practices.

Read the full piece from Mayor Adams here .

Mayor Adams also gave an interview during the Summit to the C40 News Team. Watch: