Atlanta (May 23, 2007)- The Atlanta City Council has passed a resolution suggesting the city find more ways to cut energy consumption and fight global warming. Atlanta already has several emissions-reducing initiatives in place, such as tree planting, greenspace preservation and creation (the Beltline is a prime example), recycling, and encouraging transit use. On March 7, the Fulton County Commission voted 5-0 to join the international Cities for Climate Protection campaign, which proponents tout as a way for local governments to get around the U.S. decision not to participate in the Kyoto Protocol.
As Atlanta Business Chronicle reported in March, the city of Atlanta and Fulton County had been planning an all-out assault on greenhouse gas emissions. Now, the city council has recommended Mayor Shirley Franklin develop a plan to reduce the city’s energy use by at least 15 percent by 2010; assess city buildings to finds ways to make them more energy efficient; add items to be included in the city’s recycling program; construct new buildings that meet or exceed the green level of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification; and educate city residents about global warming and suggest ways for them to change activities and conserve energy.
The resolution, sponsored by council members Anne Fauver and Clair Muller, further encourages state and federal authorities to establish a program mandating a reduction of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Georgia to 90 percent of 1990 levels by 2010.
Atlanta Business Chronicle
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