This is great news for Charlotte and our Sierra Club group! After several years of hard work by many individuals, Mayor Foxx has announced that he will sign the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement and Charlotte will become the latest addition to the Sierra Club Cool Cities program. This is the press release that we issued today.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mayor Anthony Foxx to Sign Climate Change Agreement
Charlotte, NC. December 15, 2009. Members of the Executive Committee of the Central Piedmont Group of the North Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club will join Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx for the signing of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement on Thursday, December 17, 2009, at 2:00 PM in the Mayor’s office. Once the agreement is signed by Foxx, Charlotte will join over 1000 U.S. cites and communities in committing to becoming a cleaner, greener and more sustainable city by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Under the Agreement, participating cities commit to take following three actions1:
- Strive to meet or beat the Kyoto Protocol targets in their own communities, through actions ranging from anti-sprawl land-use policies to urban forest restoration projects to public information campaigns;
- Urge their state governments, and the federal government, to enact policies and programs to meet or beat the greenhouse gas emission reduction target suggested for the United States in the Kyoto Protocol — 7% reduction from 1990 levels by 2012; and
- Urge the U.S. Congress to pass the bipartisan greenhouse gas reduction legislation, which would establish a national emission trading system
Josh Thomas, Chair of the Central Piedmont group, expressed his delight with the signing ceremony, “Our local Sierra Club is very pleased to have Mayor Foxx sign the Climate Protection Agreement and for Charlotte to join the many other communities in the Sierra Club Cool Cities program. This is a strong statement and commitment for Charlotte’s to preserve and protect our city and our resources.”
The Cool Cities program consists of three phases. Phase I entails public awareness of and Mayor involvement in the national Climate Protection Agreement. Phase II engages each town in taking their unique steps to becoming more energy efficient. Phase III involves measuring the outcomes from Phase II actions to determine progress and effectiveness.
1. U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement http://www.usmayors.org/climateprotection/agreement.htm
About the Central Piedmont Group. The Central Piedmont Group of the NC Chapter of the Sierra Club is one of the largest groups in North Carolina, representing the environmental communities for Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Stanly, Rowan and Union counties.
The group is active in providing environmental educational programs and influencing local policy issues related to the environment. Most recently, the group has been a sponsor for a reception and premier showing of the critically acclaimed Ken Burns series entitled “The National Parks, America’s Best Idea” and the “Lunch with Louv: A Discussion Around Children and Nature” program (Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder) which was held October 14 in conjunction with the launch of NC CAN! (the North Carolina Children and Nature Coalition http://ncchildrenandnature.org/ ).
Unless otherwise noted on the website ( http://charlottesierraclub.org/ ), monthly meetings take place the fourth Wednesday of the month beginning at 7:00 PM at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 1900 East Boulevard, Charlotte, NC.
About the Sierra Club. Since 1892, the Sierra Club has been working to protect communities, wild places, and the planet itself. With a membership of 1.3 million, the Sierra Club is the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States.
The Mission of the Sierra Club is: To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.
Through participation in national, state chapter and local groups, Sierra Club members program are active in developing a safe and healthy community in which to live, smart energy solutions to combat global warming and an enduring legacy for America’s wild places. To learn more about the Sierra Club go to http://www.sierraclub.org/ .
About the Cool Cities Program. These are cities that have made a commitment to stopping global warming by signing the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement or joining the Partners for Climate Protection program. Begun in 2005, the Cool Cities campaign empowers city residents and local leaders to join and encourage their cities to implement smart energy solutions to save money and build a cleaner, safer future.
Global warming requires solutions at every level. Cool Cities not only brings real solutions at local levels it also showcases solutions for others to model and builds leadership to ensure solutions are implemented at state or provincial levels and nation-wide. Hybrid cars, energy efficient buildings, and renewable energy are just a few of the many ways to make this real.
The Charlotte Cool Cities program is located in the Sierra Club office at 402 West Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. For more information on the North Carolina and Charlotte programs, go to http://www.coolcities.us/state.php?state=NC or call 704-374-1125.