APWA Sustainability in Public Works Conference

Keynote Presentation
Monday, June 25, 2012, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.


Patrick Henry Hays, Mayor, North Little Rock, Arkansas

President and Board Chair, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability USA

MayorMayor Patrick Henry Hays is a major voice and advocate for sustainability, speaking out to champion sustainable communities, economic prosperity, and common sense. 
Mayor Hays currently serves as President and Chairman of the Board of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability USA, the leading nonprofit membership association devoted to local governments engaged in sustainability.
In his 24th year as Mayor of North Little Rock, Arkansas, Mayor Hays has been active for many years in the U.S. Conference of Mayors, serving as Vice Chair for Railroads and Passenger Rail on the Transportation and Communications Committee.  He also serves on the National League of Cities’ Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources Steering Committee.
In response to anti-sustainability initiatives being introduced in a couple of states, Mayor Hays recently noted: 

“Thousands of mayors and county leaders nationwide understand the plain truth about sustainability. To be sustainable is to balance economic, environmental and social concerns, and to think about how our actions today will affect future generations. In practice, it is about helping our communities save energy and money, create more transportation choices, preserve clean air and bring economic prosperity in the process. “

Mayor Hays is a recognized leader in community economic development, neighborhood revitalization, community-oriented policing, historic preservation, and recreation development. During his tenure as Mayor, the City has improved parks, built a recreational trail network, added a vintage streetcar system, built a multi-purpose arena, along with a new minor league ball park, and retained or created new jobs through partnerships with major corporations.   As Mayor Hays says: “That’s sustainability at work.”
Don’t miss the opportunity to meet Mayor Hays and hear his ideas about public works’ role in sustainable community leadership.