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Sonoma County receives global award

May 30, 2007

Sonoma County (California, U.S.A.) has been awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (US EPA) Climate Protection Award for its CCP program.

The global award recognizes exceptional leadership, outstanding innovation, and personal dedication and technical achievements in protecting the climate.

The award was received by the Technical Director of Sonoma County’s Climate Protection Campaign, Mr. Dave Erickson.  On receiving the award, Mr. Erickson said, “The US EPA draws candidates for this award from around the world.  They chose the campaign because our approach and success stand out.  Local action moves the world, and this is where our campaign is grounded.  That’s where behaviour has to change.  That’s where innovation comes in.”

The Campaign in Sonoma County was recognized for being the first U.S. community to have 100 percent municipal commitment to climate protection.  The campaign was also recognized for enabling all locales to complete inventories of greenhouse gas emissions from internal municipal operations to establish baseline emissions and set the boldest emissions reduction targets of any city in the U.S.A.   That goal is to reduce emission levels by 25 percent below the 1990 levels 2015.

The campaign also persuaded all nine of the county’s mayors to sign the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement, and supported a state Assembly bill that requires a 25 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions produced in the state by 2020.  Further, Sonoma County was recognized for helping schools and business reduce their emissions. 

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.

Sonoma County 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: "Sonoma County Climate Protection Campaign receives global award", CBS5 Bay City News Wire, 5 May 2007.