Green Becoming A Theme In U.S. Cities

While the Feds may hem and haw on climate change legislation, a survey of nearly 400 mayors in all 50 states conducted by the United States Conference of Mayors indicates that cities are moving ahead with clean energy, efficiency and sustainability efforts.

According to the results of this study, three in four U.S. cities expect their use of clean energy technologies to increase over the next five years, with LED/efficient lighting, low-energy building technologies and solar electricity generation comprising the top three “most promising” technologies for reducing energy use and carbon emissions. For one in three cities, adapting to climate change is already an element of capital planning or capital improvement programs, and one-quarter of all cities have already set targets for the use of renewable energy.

Portland green roofs

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This green trend continues despite the sluggish economy, with many mayors reporting that their cities are taking full advantage of available federal resources and looking to partner more with the private sector in order to continue their energy drives.

“The overwhelming response to this survey – 396 mayors in all 50 states, representing about 74 million people – underscores the strong commitment of the nation’s mayors to clean energy technologies and energy efficiency solutions,” said Conference President Burnsville (MN) Mayor Elizabeth B. Kautz, in a statement. The full survey report, Clean Energy Solutions for America’s Cities, is now available online.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

1 Comment

  • Reply July 6, 2011

    Jessica Janes

    It is awesome that Mayors see the benefits of green efforts/changes. u00a0It is sad that upper level officials don’t see the wisdom in developing independence from fossil fuels. u00a0This is good to do whether someone believes in global warming or not. u00a0We would save money and be more independent. u00a0

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