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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007

Bozeman taking active steps to reduce its carbon footprint

August 08, 2007

The Bozeman (Montana, U.S.A.) City commission voted unanimously in November 2006 to adopt the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement, joining 608 other local governments that have committed to meeting the seven percent reduction target of the Kyoto Protocol.

A broad-based task force has been established to work with all city departments and other community institutions, businesses, and the public to develop an in-depth action plan.

The plan will identify the emissions baseline, assess the effectiveness, costs and potential savings of various actions, and improve community understanding of the issue.

The task force will also provide input to the city’s growth plan and its transportation master plan, which are currently being updated.  Numerous other city policies, from building codes to economic development loan standards, may also be considered as the action plan is developed.

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.

Bozeman is one of 201 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:  “Taking on the Climate Challenge in the Northern Rockies”, NewWest.net, 24 July 2007.