Gallego joins US Sec. of Transportation in climate meeting

A group of mayors, including Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, joined U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg in a virtual event to talk about climate change Monday.

Buttigieg said the priority at all levels of government should be to invest in infrastructure that helps reduce emissions and pollution.

“In the US economy, transportation is the single biggest contributor to climate change,” said Buttigieg. “We’re working to improve the gas mileage in cars, which lowers costs to families and reduces emissions.”

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego spoke about the city’s new Heat Response and Mitigation Office and efforts to combat the urban heat island effect.

“In addition to using cutting edge technology, we’re also trying to use some of the most established techniques to address heat. We have a major strategy to plant more trees, particularly in low-income communities,” she said.

She also talked about investing in infrastructure to make electric vehicles…

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