A little over two years ago, The Sierra Club launched the Cool Cities Campaign. The goal was to encourage mayors and other local leaders to take the initiative to implement measures that would reduce global warming pollution. For instance, some cities are committing to converting a percentage of their energy to renewable energy and other cities are switching to LED traffic lights and crosswalk signals. Seattle’s Mayor Greg Nickels, was instrumental in launching the U.S Mayors Climate Protection Agreement which pledged to reduce carbon dioxide pollution to 7% below the 1990 level by 2012. The Cool Cities Campaign is reaching out to other mayors who may not have signed on yet and also is encouraging individuals to initiate local energy solutions and to get their mayors involved.
Check to see if your community is already a Cool City here. If it is, you can find out what they have done so far. For instance, my county in New York has just achieved the 3rd milestone of having the Mayor sign the U.S. Mayor’s Agreement. The next milestone will be to implement the proposed goals.
The Sierra Club Cool Cities website provides a wealth of information about how to get involved, the progress of other cities and any other information you may possibly need. Also take a look at the Sierra Club’s Cool Cities Campaign Activist Toolkit. It provides a checklist of the steps needed to organize a Cool Cities in your community. Each step is then described in detail and it even includes sample media materials and sample letters that can be sent to your mayor.
Make your city a “cool” one in 2008!