Tony Cardenas is committed to cleaning up our air, land and water. It is his law that protects kids from the toxic fumes emitted by school buses. He is also leading the city's effort to fine and shut down corporate polluters, and Cardenas established a new law requiring new industrial businesses meet tough safety standards to protect public health.
In his first two years on the city council, Cardenas orchestrated the cleanup of more than 5,000 tons of trash and bulky items from Valley streets. In 2010, he mobilized nearly 1,000 volunteers at five sites throughout the Valley to remove and dispose of a record-breaking 43,160 pounds of trash in a single day.
As Chairman of the city council's Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Cardenas was influential in the passage of the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard that established goals and timelines for the Department of Water and Power to obtain 20% of its energy from cleaner sources such as wind and solarpower. His fellow councilmembers unanimously backed his innovative plan to convert the City's taxi fleet to fuel efficient vehicles by 2015