Cool Cities Campaign

Cool Cities News

The Sierra Club’s Cool Cities Campaign works with cities that have joined the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement to accelerate their implementation of effective programs.

To date, more than 1000 mayors nationwide have signed the agreement. In New Mexico, seven cities are participating in the program: Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Capitan, Las Cruces, Ruidoso, Santa Fe (City and County), and Taos. Under the agreement, participating cities commit to take the following three actions:

  • 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
  • Urge the U.S. Congress to pass bipartisan greenhouse-gas reduction legislation, which would establish a national emission trading system
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