Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, 134 cities in 36 states responded.
The survey found that cities of all shapes and sizes are getting greener. President of the conference, Douglas Palmer of
"The survey shows that there are no cookie-cutter solutions. Cities, no matter what size, are coming up with innovative ways to reduce energy."
Cities are cutting emissions primarily by running cars on cleaner fuels and installing energy-efficient streetlights and traffic signals. Less than half are taking the tougher steps of requiring energy-efficient homes and businesses. Other findings include:
- 80 percent of cities that responded are using renewable energy or are considering it for next year.
- 75 percent are replacing vehicles with hybrids or using biofuels like ethanol.
- 64 percent use renewable energy such as solar, wind or gases released in landfills to meet some of their energy needs.
- 60 percent require that
government buildings be energy efficient, and forty percent require developers to build green. new city
Efficiency measures pay off in more ways than just a cooler planet, of course.
As of June 21, 540 mayors have signed the