Mayor Kevin Foy accepted the Outstanding Achievement Award on behalf of the Town of Chapel Hill during the 2008 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards Program. Sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the awards recognize outstanding and innovative practices to increase energy efficiency and to help curb global warming.
Chapel Hill was recognized for creating a fare-free transit system. Since 2001, Chapel Hill Transit has become the second largest transit system in North Carolina, with ridership rising from 3 million riders a year to more than 6.5 million riders annually projected for 2008.
Outstanding Achievement Awards were also awarded to the following cities:
(Large cities) -- Denver Mayor John W. Hickenlooper; Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hanneman; Houston Mayor Bill White; and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
(Small cities) -- Chapel Hill (NC) Mayor Kevin C. Foy; Columbia (MO) Mayor Darwin Hindman; Highland Park (IL) Mayor Michael Belsky; and Orland Park (IL) Mayor Daniel J. McLaughlin.