First Meeting of the Green Mayors' Club

When it comes to fighting global climate change, let’s face it: Many federal governments are more talk than action. But smaller-scale officials are stepping up to the plate: One former president and mayors worldwide are teaming up to green the world’s cities one building at a time.

Former president Bill Clinton formed a partnership between his foundation (the Clinton Foundation) and the mayors of 15 cities across the globe. Backed by international banks, the mayors have agreed to green the buildings of their municipalities through a variety of renovations. Clinton announced the partnership today at the C40 Large Cities Climate Summit in New York, a four-day conference that ends tomorrow.

From an AP article in today’s Chicago Tribune:

The makeovers will include replacing heating, cooling and lighting systems with energy-efficient networks; making roofs white or reflective to deflect more of the sun’s heat; sealing windows and installing new models that let more light in; and setting up sensors to control more efficient use of lights and air conditioning.


Clinton’s foundation said the planned changes have the potential to reduce energy use by 20 percent to 50 percent in those buildings. The reduction could mean a significant decrease in heat-trapping carbon emissions, as well as cost savings on utility bills.

With all the pollution that comes from cities, the partnership aims to make great strides in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions.

Cities joining this elite club include: New York, Chicago, Houston, Toronto, Mexico City, London, Berlin, Tokyo, Rome, Karachi, Seoul, Bangkok, Melbourne, Sao Paolo, and Johannesburg. If your city didn’t make the list, don’t worry: The foundation plans to expand the program to additional cities after the first round.

If the group is taking nominations, we’d like to suggest California’s Los Angeles, Bakersfield, and Fresno-Madera, which ranked as the top three in The Ten Most Polluted U.S. Cities.



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