President Trump has formalized that he is withdrawing the United States from the landmark Paris Climate Accord, making us now the only nation outside of this important global climate agreement. While the President is stepping back, mayors across our country are stepping up.
Read our op-eds on city climate action from around the region:
- Howard Learner in the Chicago Sun Times
- Howard Learner in Crain’s Chicago Business
- Janet McCabe in the Indianapolis Business Journal
- Howard Learner in the Columbus Dispatch
- Howard Learner in the Lansing State Journal
- Howard Learner in the Des Moines Register
Many cities see the benefits of accelerating new cleaner technologies in a competitive global economy. Growing local solar energy, storage and energy efficiency creates installation jobs, saves money, attracts investment and avoids carbon pollution. Local energy production keeps energy dollars in our communities, instead of paying to import electricity generated by coal, gas and uranium. Clean electric vehicles and buses in municipal fleets reduce fuel and maintenance costs, and avoid pollution. Improving energy efficiency in city buildings saves taxpayer money, reduces pollution and lessens maintenance costs.
Clean energy and clean transportation deliver cleaner air. Fewer children will miss school from asthma and other respiratory ailments, and fewer people will go to emergency rooms in respiratory or cardiac distress. Heatwaves and floods – exacerbated by climate change – threaten lives, damage property and raise public safety costs. Climate action makes sense for public health, the environment, jobs, and property. Climate action is a fiscally responsible mayoral priority.
3 Ways Cities Can Commit to Climate Actions
- Achieve 100 Percent Renewable Energy for Municipal Electricity Needs by 2022
The Midwest has abundant wind power and solar energy. Energy storage capacity is accelerating as prices fall while technologies improve. Midwest cities can achieve 100 percent renewable energy by using locally produced solar energy plus storage, purchasing clean renewable energy from third parties, and securing renewable energy credits from local solar and wind projects. Download our factsheet on renewable energy for municipal facilities.
- Clean Up Municipal Fleets
Our nation’s transportation sector now produces the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Any new purchases for city fleets should be electric vehicles (EV) or other zero-emission vehicles. Buying EVs is one of the most meaningful ways a city can showcase its green leadership by creating demand to drive the EV market forward while reducing pollution. Download our factsheet on how to adopt EVs.
- Rapidly Improve Municipal Building Energy Efficiency
Energy used to heat, cool, and operate buildings and other stationary facilities represents one-half to three-quarters of community-level greenhouse gas emissions. Smart energy efficiency products, technologies and controls are available. The time has never been better for cities to reduce their energy bills and cut pollution through energy efficiency improvements. Download our factsheet on how cities can adopt energy efficiency improvements.
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