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

Knoxville plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions

September 12, 2007

Knoxville (U.S.A.) is working to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, having already established an Energy and Sustainability Task Force.

The city is already doing an inventory of the city’s overall energy use, to include electricity, water and gas consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and waste.  A separate total will be made of all buildings, vehicle miles traveled and solid waste produced within the city as a whole.

Technical assistance will be provided by ICLEI, and an independent energy performance consultant will recommend options for greater efficiencies among the 74 buildings owned by the city.

A public meeting will be held some time in September to promote the Task Force’s work and take suggestions from the community.

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.

Knoxville is one of 205 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:  “Energy group should be open to all ideas, mayor says”, Knoxville News-Sentinel, 31 August 2007.