WNC Signing Ceremony

Mayor Jimmy Harris of Brevard and Mayor Pat Smathers of Canton show off their Cool Cities plaques.

As the well known philosopher Borat Sagdiyev would say, our ceremony this morning on the Blue Ridge Parkway was a 'great success.'

It was quite cool, befitting a 'Cool Cities ceremony' as we overlooked Cold Mountain.

Pisgah Chair Len Griffiths did an outstanding job publicizing the event, with WLOS-TV out of Asheville in attendance.

Bill Thomas made the best of my pollen covered car, spelling out Sierra Club in pollen on the back of it.

I had the pleasure of meeting for the first time one of our members in Canton, Heather Mathews, who came out to introduce her Mayor Pat Smathers.

Mayor Smathers, Mayor Jimmy Harris of Brevard, and Asheville City Councilman Brownie Newman (who brought his adorable daughter) all did a great job of explaining the importance of local governments taking action on global warming.

Mayors Harris and Smathers particularly emphasized the importance of bringing more cities along. They've helped in that vein by sending a letter to 35 other mayors in the western part of the state asking them to sign on. Hopefully there will be more signing ceremonies to attend the next time I'm in this part of the state.

Special thanks also to Bill and Donna Fisk for taking a lot of great pictures and to everyone in the Pisgah Group for working to make this event a good one.

I'll post media coverage as it comes in.

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