Lowell, MA Passes Energy Resolution Endorsing the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement
Status: Adopted on 6/12/07
On June 12, 2007 the Lowell City Council passed a resolution endorsing the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement and signing up Lowell for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) New England's Community Energy Challenge.
By endorsing the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement the City of Lowell joins over 300 communities, representing more than 50 million Americans that have signed The U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. Under the Agreement, participating cities commit to take the following actions:
- Strive to meet or beat the Kyoto Protocol targets in their own communities, through actions ranging from anti-sprawl land-use policies to urban forest restoration projects to public information campaigns;
- Urge their state governments, and the federal government, to enact policies and programs to meet or beat the greenhouse gas emission reduction target suggested for the United States in the Kyoto Protocol and;
- Urge the U.S. Congress to pass the bipartisan greenhouse gas reduction legislation, which would establish a national emission trading system
In addition to endorsing the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, the City of Lowell signed on to be a part of the U.S. EPA New England's Community Energy Challenge and commits to becoming an EPA ENERGY STAR partner and reducing municipal emissions by 10%.