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Moving Your Community to Climate Action
Cities, as providers of essential government services closest to residents, are leading during the COVID crisis and the climate crisis. We will hear from city leaders on how they have managed to leverage resources and engagement to move their citizens to inclusive climate action in spite of obstacles.

Join us for this Path to Positive episode of ecoAmerica's new webcast series, Let's Talk Climate, on July 16 from 2 - 3 pm EDT to hear from:

Hon. Kevin Burns, Mayor, Geneva, IL
Hon. Hattie Portis-Jones, Councilwoman, City of Fairburn

This episode will be moderated by Jennifer Roberts, Director of Path to Positive Communities at ecoAmerica.

Jul 16, 2020 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Hon. Kevin Burns
Mayor of Geneva, IL
Kevin Burns is the longest serving Mayor in the history of Geneva, Illinois. First elected in 2001, Burns is in his 20th year as Mayor. Prior to being elected Mayor, Burns served as an Alderman on the City Council, an appointed member of the Geneva Plan Commission, Geneva Historical Preservation Commission and a Trustee of the Geneva Public Library Board. In his professional life, Burns has worked in the non-profit sector serving such organizations as the Muscular Dystrophy Association (Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon), United State Olympic Committee, United States Equestrian Team, Midwestern University, United States Figure Skating Team and now is Director of Giving Initiatives with Special Olympics Illinois. As Chairman of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Environment Committee, Mayor Burns convenes Chicago-area mayors to consider important sustainability issues impacting its 275 member municipalities and seek innovative solutions that can be addressed by local government.
Hon. Hattie Portis-Jones
Councilwoman, City of Fairburn
The Honorable Hattie Portis-Jones is a second-term council member re-elected November 2017. She served as Mayor Pro Tem (2017) and is a recipient of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development’s Region 3 Economic and Leadership Development Program; Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Certificate of Excellence; and National League of Cities (NLC) University Gold Level Certificate. She is currently a NLC Board of Director serving on its Legislative Action Committee and Chair of NLC’s – Energy Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee; NLC Leadership Fellows; Leadership Council, Water Now Alliance; Leadership Circle, Path to Positive Communities, ecoAmerica; Member, GMA-Federal Policy Advocacy Committee; and Board of Director (Treasurer), Georgia Municipal Black Caucus. Councilwoman Portis-Jones is a veteran public servant with extensive municipal government and non-profit experiences in executive positions of administration, finance, public works and health.