Mayor Benjamin accepts national Sierra Club award at local chapter meeting

COLUMBIA, S.C. (December 17, 2018) – Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin accepted the national Sierra Club Distinguished Achievement Award on Thursday, Dec. 13 at the John Bachman Group of the South Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club’s holiday party and awards presentation.

“I’m honored the Sierra Club has believed our work in Columbia has been worthy of recognition,” said Mayor Benjamin. “As we look to the future, ensuring our cities are sustainable and responsibly managed will be critical to ensuring a high quality of life for our citizens.”

The Sierra Club’s Distinguished Achievement Award honors persons in public service for particular acts of benefit to the environment.

Mayor Benjamin, who also serves as President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), spearheaded the USCM’s passage of a resolution in support of 100 percent renewable energy, was instrumental in the City of Columbia’s first-ever green bond and serves as co-chair of the Sierra Club's Mayors for 100% Clean Energy initiative.


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