Sierra Club “Cool Cities” are cities where mayors have signed on to the Climate Protection Agreement, a commitment to taking steps to reduce the contribution to global warming on a citywide basis. The strategies that cool cities are pursuing fall under three categories: cleaner vehicles, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. Just a few examples of solutions include switching city car fleets to using hybrid vehicles, replacing city buildings with energy efficient lighting, and getting city offices to sign onto using green power. Every one of these local solutions is already saving taxpayer dollars and improving public health by reducing energy waste and pollution. Mayor R.T. Rybak of Minneapolis, and Mayor Chris Coleman of St.Paul have both signed on, in addition to the mayors of Apple Valley, Duluth, and Eden Prairie.
Minneapolis will have a green roof on the new library, and is already working toward transitioning the city’s car fleet to hybrid vehicles. St.Paul’s District Energy is a combined heat and power plant, making use of waste energy, with cleaner operations and greater efficiency. The city also plans to offer several incentives for use of solar energy, and to reduce the number of cars on the road by increasing public transit and bicycle commuter options.
Help keep Minneapolis and St. Paul, or your city, on the right track as a cool city. Check out the cities’ sustainability plans, and contact city hall to make sure they are living up to their commitment!
Learn more about the Sierra Club Cool Cities program “here”:http://www.sierraclub.org/globalwarming/coolcities/