U.S. Mayors' Climate Protection Agreement

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, participating cities commit to take the following 3 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 - 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.

How Can I Get Involved?

In addition to the US Conference of Mayors, there are several national non-profits that are active in assisting local and national leaders on environmental issues. For more information on what others are doing, and how they might assist you on getting your leaders involved, please visit: Climate Solutions, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Sierra Club, Kyoto USA, the Climate Crisis Coalition, The Virtual March, or ICLEI.

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.