What is the U.S. Mayors' Climate Protection Agreement? Climate disruption is an urgent threat to the environmental and economic health of our communities. Many cities, in this country and abroad, already have strong local policies and programs in place to reduce global warming pollution, but more action is needed at the local, state, and federal levels to meet the challenge.
History of the U.S. Mayors' Climate Protection Agreement On
February 16, 2005 the Kyoto Protocol took effect in the 141 countries
that ratified it. On March 30, 2005, 9 mayors representing more than 3
million Americans, joined together to invite cities from across the
country to take additional actions to significantly reduce global
warming pollution. On June 13, 2005, the Mayors Climate Protection
Agreement was passed unanimously by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Cities and towns across the country, including the Town of Los Gatos
continue to formalize their commitment by signing on to the agreement.
Mayor Joe Pirzynski signed the Climate Protection Agreement in July 2007.
What Does the US Mayors' Climate Protection Agreement Do?
Under the agreement, particpating cities commit to take the following 3 actions:
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 -
7% reduction from 1990 levels by 2012; and
Urge the U.S.
Congress to pass the bipartisan greenhouse gas reduction legislation,
which would establish a national emission trading system.
What is the Town of Los Gatos Doing?
The Town of Los Gatos is committed to community stewardship, which
includes resource conservation and pollution prevention. Our environmental protection efforts include conservation efforts in the area of energy, building and development, water, earth, waste, and air.