Raleigh Is Cool
In early September, Raleigh became the largest city in North Carolina to sign the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement to reduce global warming emissions locally. It also became the 23rd city in the state to be recognized by the Sierra Club as a Cool City for adopting green initiatives like using energy-efficient light bulbs in city buildings, adding more alternative-fuel vehicles to its civic fleet, and expanding the city's recycling program. The Cool Cities program recognizes local governments that commit to reducing carbon dioxide emissions 7 percent below 1990 levels within five years.
North Carolina Cool Cities Director Tom Jensen says more than 100 local Sierra Club members wrote to the City Council, urging them to sign the Agreement, and nearly that many attended a Sierra Club and Beer event the week before the Council vote to build support. "Raleigh has the potential with some of the initiatives it has undertaken to become the greenest city in the Southeast," Jensen says. Pictured above at a September 12 Sierra Club press conference across from City Hall to celebrate Raleigh's Cool status are Sierra Club Capital Group volunteer Marvin Woll, Councilman Thomas Crowder, Group Conservation Chair Tim Reed, Vice Chair Sharon Hazouri, Councilman Russ Stephenson, Environmental Advisory Board Chair Denny Murphy, and Mayor Charles Meeker. Jensen notes that Capital Group Chair Ellen Kinsinger, not pictured, was also key to the Club's campaign. Read more about Smart Energy Solutions the Sierra Club is promoting to help curb global warming.