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Mayors from around the world will meet in San Francisco to celebrate green cities. June 1-5, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO — Mayors from the largest cities on the planet will convene in San Francisco for United Nation’s World Environment Day conference June 1-5 to adopt historic accords on sustainable urban living.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will preside over special opening ceremonies at Civic Center Plaza at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 2, a free public celebration to kick off both the conference and the California Tomorrow Festival, the public’s chance to experience first-hand cutting edge environmental solutions.

“The California Tomorrow festival is an exciting display of California technology that will define a new way of ‘green’ living,” said Carl Bendix, organizer of the event. It features free concerts, entertainment, food, and the newest innovations in cutting edge green technology: hydrogen fuel, solar power, wind power, biofuels, geothermal energy, hydropower, people power, alternative fuel vehicles and green architecture.

“This is a remarkable opportunity for everyone in the Bay Area to come see and touch the future,” Bendix said. “Plus, it will be a heck of a lot of fun.”

Featured artists at the ceremonies include Ozomatli, Vinyl, Hamsa Lila, Samantha Stollenwerck and the Ritual, and the San Francisco Girls Choir.

The World Environment Day-California Tomorrow Festival opening ceremonies will welcome more than 60 mayors from the world’s largest and most environmentally significant cities, including London, Zurich, Buenos Aires, Jakarta, Delhi, Kabul, and Manila. The ceremonies include special entertainment ranging from the Endangered Species puppeteers and the Earthcapades, to BioDiesel America’s “Veggie Van.” Speakers include Mayor Newsom, California Cabinet Secretary Terry Tamminen, and environmentalist Julia Butterfly Hill.
The California Tomorrow Festival and the opening ceremonies of the World Environment Day conference at Civic Center Plaza are free to the public.