The U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement
Unanimously endorsed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, June 13, 2005. (More than 400 U.S. Mayors have signed on to the
A. We urge the federal government and state governments to enact policies and programs to meet or beat the target of reducing
global warming pollution levels to 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012, including efforts to: reduce the United States ’
dependence on fossil fuels and accelerate the development of clean, economical energy resources and fuel-efficient technologies
such as conservation, methane recovery for energy generation, waste to energy, wind and solar energy, fuel cells, efficient
motor vehicles, and biofuels.
B. We urge the U.S. Congress to pass bipartisan greenhouse gas reduction legislation that includes
1) clear timetables and emissions limits and 2) a flexible, market-based system of tradable allowances among emitting
C. We will strive to meet or exceed Kyoto Protocol targets for reducing global warming pollution by taking actions in
our own operations and communities such as:
1. Inventory global warming emissions in City operations and in the community, set reduction targets and create an action
2. Adopt and enforce land-use policies that reduce sprawl, preserve open space, and create compact, walkable urban communities.
3. Promote transportation options such as bicycle trails, commute trip reduction programs,incentives for car pooling and
4. Increase the use of clean, alternative energy by, for example, investing in “green tags”, advocating
for the development of renewable energy resources, recovering landfill methane for energy production, and supporting the use
of waste to energy technology.
5. Make energy efficiency a priority through building code improvements, retrofitting city facilities with energy efficient
lighting and urging employees to conserve energy and save money.
6. Purchase only Energy Star equipment and appliances for City use.
7. Practice and promote sustainable building practices using the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program or a similar
8. Increase the average fuel efficiency of municipal fleet vehicles; reduce the number of vehicles; launch an employee
education program including anti-idling messages; convert diesel vehicles to bio-diesel.
9. Evaluate opportunities to increase pump efficiency in water and wastewater systems;recover wastewater treatment methane
for energy production.
10. Increase recycling rates in City operations and in the community.
11. Maintain healthy urban forests; promote tree planting to increase shading and to absorb CO2; and
12. Help educate the public, schools, other jurisdictions, professional associations,business and industry about reducing
global warming pollution.
Let's strive to do what we can afford to do and let's work together to determine as a community what it is that we can't afford
NOT to do ... Ray Miller
"...do what you can, with what you have, where you are.." Theodore Roosevelt
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