U.S. mayors vow increased climate change action

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama emphasized a point that many already believe to be true: global climate change presents a clear danger to the future health of our planet. The president went on to talk about what actions Congress needs to take over the next year, hoping that the partisan gridlock that has often paralyzed the nation's capital – particularly over the course of 2013 – can be overcome to deal with such a substantial and urgent issue.

While we have to wait and see what actions – if any – Congress takes, mayors from major cities across the country are beginning to deal with the issue of climate change on a local scale. The day after Obama's State of the Union speech, ten mayors from cities ranging from Boston and Philadelphia to Los Angeles and Salt Lake City formed a new initiative they are calling the City Energy Project. Each municipality gets to set and implement its own energy savings plan with the hope of reducing energy consumption in all city buildings.

The mayors will be working with the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Institute for Market Transformation for this project. They hope to save a combined $1 billion dollars for residents and businesses by reducing the energy buildings consume and waste. This will be good for taxpayers and for the environment, as commercial spaces account for 50 to 75 percent of a city's carbon emissions. The leaders will first target municipal buildings in this energy efficiency plan.

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