Waste Management, Houston, has announced its role as a charter member of the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s Climate Protection Council, which will capitalize on the relationships between local elected officials and business leaders to promote green projects. Other charter members include the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the American Chemistry Council, DuPont, Johnson Controls, TCP and Wal-Mart.

“As a leader in sustainability through recycling and landfill diversion, we are excited to join mayors throughout the country to tackle climate protection,” said Susan Robinson, director of public sector services for Waste Management’s Western Group, in a press release.