What Actions Are Policy Makers Taking?
The United States Conference of Mayors' Position on Sustainability and Energy
As of May 15, 2007 514 mayors representing over 65 million Americans have signed The U.S. Conference of Mayors' Climate Protection Agreement, an agreement where supporting mayors pledge to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, in their cities below 1990 levels. This agreement is the only climate protection agreement of its kind among U.S. elected officials.
Climate Protection Agreement History
The United States Conference of Mayors and many of its member mayors have long been leaders in the sustainably designed cities movement. Many of our nations' mayors have partnered with architects in their local communities to implement innovative policies designed to enhance the quality of life for city residents. To further underscore their organizational support of energy efficiency and sustainable design, in May 2006 the United States Conference of Mayors convened an Energy and Environment Summit, and during their annual meeting a month later, they unanimously passed two new resolutions:
During the 2006 annual meeting, the United States Conference of Mayors also announced a formal partnership with ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in cities through outreach, education, and technical assistance. The mayors also formed a Mayors' Council on Climate Protection with the goal of providing mayors the tools they need to carry out their mission of greenhouse gas emissions reduction and sustainable community design.
The National Association of Counties Position on Sustainability and Energy
The National Association of Counties (NACo) recently adopted a resolution calling for public buildings to be carbon neutral by 2030. The Resolution Urging Counties to Adopt the "2030 Challenge" Goals for Public Buildings also asserts that NACo supports federal efforts to promote green buildings.
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The National Association of Counties (NACo) also recently announced the creation of the NACo County Climate Protection Program to assist the growing number of counties nationwide that are leading local initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reverse the impacts of climate change. The new program will provide counties with best practices, tools and resources to assist them in developing and implementing successful climate change programs at home.
The National Governors Association's Position on Sustainability and Energy
The governors of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont have agreed to work together to develop and implement a regional cap on greenhouse gas emissions and create a market-based greenhouse gas credit trading program through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
Additionally, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson have agreed to work together on a Southwest Climate Change Initiative.
Across the country, states and regions are adopting policies to address climate change States with Climate Action Plans