Boston (April 12, 2007)- Boston Mayo, Thomas Menino put a 15-point plan to counter global warming into immediate effect. Menino’s plan requires Boston’s city government to cut its greenhouse gas emissions seven percent by 2012 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2050. To accomplish that, Menino’s policies include the following: exceed federal government energy efficiency standards by at least 14 percent and seven percent for all new and renovated municipal buildings, respectively; buy at least 15 percent of electricity that is generated from renewable energy sources by 2012; increase the amount of recycled materials by at least 10 percent by 2012; and reduce fuel consumption by city vehicles five percent by 2012.
The city government accounts for an estimated five percent of greenhouse gases emitted in Boston, while the rest comes from private homes and businesses. Menino set up a Community Climate Action Task Force which, within one year, will recommend changes that would apply to all businesses and households in the city and will determine ways to bring the city’s private sector on board.
Within nine months city officials will be offering low- or no- interest loans to businesses and households to pay for energy-efficient technologies. This $500 million loan program will be raised from private investors and will be the largest of its kind in the nation.
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