"As mayor of a city on the front lines of climate change, it is an honor to serve on the EPA's Local Government Advisory Committee," Zimmer said. "I hope that sharing our experiences and lessons as an urban coastal community that is adapting to the dual threat of rising seas and stronger storms will help lead to solutions to some of our greatest environmental challenges."
Zimmer’s track record during Hurricane Sandy and her efforts to make Hoboken more resilient to climate change in the future were factors in her appointment. She also has experience working to better green infrastructure and local parks. She will serve a term of up to two years.
“Mayor Dawn Zimmer was selected because of her strong track record on environmental protection, and particularly her efforts to make Hoboken a more sustainable city,” EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck said. “Her commitment to making Hoboken a healthy and resilient community serves as an example for communities across the country. EPA is grateful to have her input on a range of issues we tackle.”