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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007
Berkeley Marina's Shorebird Nature Center is the City's first straw bale building. Powered by solar energy and heated with solar hot water, it will soon boast a wind turbine to power its new classroom.

Berkeley reduces its greenhouse gas emissions

May 23, 2007

An independent analysis of carbon dioxide emissions from the residential, commercial and transportation sectors within Berkeley (California, U.S.A.) have shown an 8.9 percent reduction in emissions between 2002 and 2005.

This reduction, analyzed independently by ICLEI, puts Berkeley on a path to meet its voter-approved goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050.

The reduction of 61,000 tons of carbon dioxide is equivalent to taking 12,000 Ford Taurus’s off the road. It is also one of the largest decreases in greenhouse gas emissions documented by any U.S.A. city, according to ICLEI’s U.S.A. Office.

“This report is very hopeful news. It shows that the people of Berkeley take global warming seriously and are prepared to take meaningful action to make reductions in greenhouse gas emissions,” said Mayor Tom Bates. “We are finding innovative ways to save money, grow our green economy, and meet our greenhouse gas reduction targets as directed by the voters.”

More and more cities are facing the need to mitigate climate change while already adapting to the changes brought about by climate change. ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection® (CCP) Campaign is an innovative international campaign that helps local government and their communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on the environment. And now, the CCP Campaign is launching the Adaptation Initiative, building capacity for climate change impacts at the local level. For more information, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.

Berkeley is one of 139 local governments in the U.S.A. that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. For more information on ICLEI and its activities in the U.S.A., please visit www.iclei.org/usa.

Source: “Study finds Berkeley reduced greenhouse gas emissions 9% between 2002 and 2005”, City of Berkeley press release, 15 May 2007 and “City of Berkeley boasts big drop in emissions”, CBS News, 15 May 2007.