Mayors Announces Green Cities Partnership with Clinton Foundation
Nov. 1, the U.S. Conference of Mayors announced a key new partnership
with the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) that will help catapult the
efforts by hundreds of cities to reduce their carbon footprint. The
partnership was unveiled during the conference's 2007 Mayors Climate
Through CCI's new partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, an
additional 1,100 U.S. cities will gain access to volume discounts on
energy-efficient and clean-energy products and technologies through
CCI's purchasing consortium. These benefits were previously available
only to the C40 Large Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), a group of
40 of the world's largest cities that are working in concert to fight
global climate change.
"We are very honored to partner with President Clinton's Climate
Initiative, because this will provide heightened opportunities to green
our cities and curb global warming in America," said Conference
President Trenton Mayor Doug Palmer. "Mayors are considering every
possible action to utilize clean technologies and promote more
efficient energy use to reverse the negative effects of climate change
in cities. This new partnership will take our collective efforts to the
"Climate change is a global issue that we must address immediately
if we are to reverse its catastrophic effects," said President Clinton.
"I am pleased that the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Wal-Mart and many
businesses are working with my foundation to supply energy efficient
and clean energy products. By offering these products at a discounted
rate, we can ensure that more cities and citizens have access to them
and that the market for clean energy technology will grow. Together, I
hope that we can have a measurable impact on greenhouse gas emissions
around the world."
CCI's purchasing consortium already has negotiated discounted
pricing agreements with 22 manufacturers of energy-efficient products,
including building products, indoor lighting, clean vehicles, traffic
and street lighting, advanced waste management technologies, water
system components and alternative energy technologies. As a result,
participating cities will have access to hundreds of products that
reduce energy consumption in buildings, decrease fuel consumption and
pollution by vehicles and capture and convert landfill methane into
electricity. These and additional products will be offered to
interested municipal governments at prices that have been discounted by
as much as 70 percent.
"We are very honored to be partnering with the Clinton Climate
Initiative on such an important program, and we thank President Bill
Clinton for helping enable cities to become healthier and more
livable," said Conference Executive Director Tom Cochran.
For more information, contact the U.S. Conference of Mayors at www.usmayors.org.