Sylvester Turner


Mayor Sylvester Turner signs proclamation making May 2nd Eid-Ul-Fitr Day

HOUSTON (KIAH) – Houston is home to many different cultures. Including one of the largest Muslim communities in the Southern Region. To honor this group, Mayor Sylvester Turner signed a proclamation for May 2nd to officially be recognized as Eid-Ul-Fitr Day. It’s a day of celebration to mark the...

Mayor Sylvester Turner Signs Sweeping Decarbonization Policy for City Buildings

Mayor Sylvester Turner recently signed a sweeping decarbonization policy for City-owned and operated buildings, following the recent release of the two-year update on Resilient Houston and the Climate Action Plan (CAP). As the CAP outlines, buildings represent over 40% of both municipal and city-wide emissions, making them a key lever for achieving the CAP’s emission reduction targets (40% from 2014 levels by 2030, 75% by 2040, and 100% by 2050). This policy addresses the emissions associated with the City’s 550+ buildings, by:

Mayor Sylvester Turner Announces the Return of Make Music Day in Houston

Mayor Sylvester Turner is encouraging Houstonians of all musical abilities to participate in this year’s Make Music Day (MMD) in Houston. The participatory day-long celebration will take place on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, the summer solstice, and longest day of the year. Over 90 cities nationwide took part in...

Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston First Corporation Launch International Trade and Marketing Initiative in Mexico

HOUSTON, March 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston First Corp. (HFC), and the Greater Houston Partnership are spearheading an economic development and integrated marketing campaign in Mexico as part of an aggressive strategy to reinforce Houston's position as the top city for global trade, tourism, business, and leisure travel from Mexico.
Houston Chronicle

Mayor Sylvester Turner: Energy industry crucial to meeting climate goals

As Houston Mayor Sylvester puts it, he has two heads on his body that are often fighting each other. One is focused on climate change, working to lessen its impacts on a city that has seen seven federal disasters in the past 6 years and pleading with officials at the United Nation's climate conference, COP26, to push for more ambitious carbon reductions. The other welcomed leaders of the world's oil and gas industry at the World Petroleum Congress in December, defending much of the industry as other mayors call them "antithetical" to climate goals.

Mayor Sylvester Turner discusses spring break traffic, parking plans for city attractions

HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner, along with several leaders from Texas Medical Center, METRO, and several popular Houston-area attractions held to discuss traffic and parking plans for spring break. In a news release, the City of Houston partnered with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Houston Museum District, Hermann...

Mayor Sylvester Turner attends 33rd annual ‘Walk to End HIV’ at Sam Houston Park

HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner spoke at the 33rd annual Walk to End HIV on Sunday afternoon, hosted by the AIDS Foundation Houston. The event, according to a news release, is Houston’s single greatest response in the fight against HIV/AIDS, raising funds for local community service organizations supporting almost 30,000 Houstonians living with HIV/AIDS.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announces suspension of indoor mask policy on city premises

In a Feb. 24 press release, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the suspension of a policy requiring all employees and visitors to wear a mask in municipal buildings. This comes after a Feb. 23 announcement from Turner, in which he said “the country is beginning to move into a new phase of the pandemic.” With Houston’s positivity rate declining, the city is now seeing manageable hospitalizations, Turner said.
Community Impact Houston

Mayor Sylvester Turner appoints new METRO board chair

After almost seven years of service as a Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County board member, Sanjay Ramabhadran has officially been appointed as the new board chair for the public transportation agency. The appointment was announced during a Feb. 17 news conference by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. Ramabhadran has served...

Mayor Sylvester Turner Names New Chair of METRO’s Board of Directors

Selection is the Mayor’s Second Historic Appointment to Lead the Agency. This past week, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner nominated a well-respected engineer, long-time community leader, and current METRO board member to serve as the next Chair of the public transit agency. Sanjay “Ram” Ramabhadran has served on the METRO...