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Cities Reducing Greenhouse Gases

July 02, 2007

Source: U.S. Conference of Mayors

The U.S. Conference of Mayors just released a survey highlighting proactive steps U.S. mayors are taking to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The 130 cities surveyed are pursuing a multitude of actions aimed at conserving energy, using energy more efficiently, and purchasing renewable forms of energy.

The survey indicates that cities throughout the country, regardless of size, are initiating action to reduce GHGs. Among the survey’s key findings are:

  • More than four out of five of the survey cities now use renewable energy, or are considering beginning by next year.
  • All but four of the survey cities (97 percent) are using more energy-efficient lighting technologies in public buildings, streetlights, parks, traffic signals, and other applications, or expect to by next year.
  • Seventy-two percent of the responding mayors stated that their city fleets now run on alternative fuels and/or use hybrid-electric technology.
  • Nearly nine in ten of the cities require, or anticipate requiring in the next year, that new city government buildings be more energy efficient and environmentally sustainable.

Click here for a full copy of the Conference of Mayors Press Release
Click here for a copy of the Survey Results

Chris O’Brien, Director of the Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN), applauds these cities for taking the lead in reducing GHG emissions. “These Mayors are demonstrating that cost-effective emissions reductions are readily achievable,” he said.

RPN’s Responsible Purchasing Guides contain numerous examples of procurement strategies for reducing energy use and emissions from vehicles and office equipment.

To learn more about reducing GHG emissions from fleet vehicles, visit the Responsible Purchasing Guide for Light-Duty Fleet Vehicles

To learn more about efficient office equipment, visit the Responsible Purchasing Guide for Office Electronics or the Responsible Purchasing Guide for Computers

Click here for information on RPN’s upcoming Webcast: Purchasing Responsible Office Electronics  

Contact Matt Kittell for more information – 301-891-1004

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