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TO: Devens Enterprise Commissioners, Peter Lowitt
ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability is an international association of 660 local governments "that have made a commitment to sustainable development." The ICLEI acronym stands for International Council for Local Environmental Issues. The organization has a Northeast Regional Office based in Boston's City Hall.
In 1993 ICLEI launched the "Cities for Climate Protection" (CCP) campaign to engage "cities, towns and counties in reducing the pollution that causes global warming." There are currently more than 190 jurisdictions participating in the program, 21 are based in Massachusetts. Communities of any size are encouraged to be a part of CCP. The annual membership cost, which is based on population, would be $600 for Devens; the fee would be prorated to $200 for September enrollment.
To join CCP, the jurisdiction must first adopt a resolution or make an executive proclamation that "commits to reducing local emissions that contribute to global warming." A proposed resolution for Devens that follows ICLEI's suggested format is attached. Members focus on achieving five milestones:
This process would incorporate much of the work already done by the DEC in developing its regulations, the EcoStar program, and other sustainable initiatives in place in Devens.
The benefits of joining CCP and achieving the milestones include:
I would like to propose that the Devens Enterprise Commissioners consider adopting the attached resolution for Devens to commit to reduce local emissions and join the Climate Protection Campaign to further promote the community's focus on sustainable development. If this is supported, I would also like to request permission to apply for a Climate Protection Grant that is available from the Department of Environmental Protection until September 15. If received, this technical assistance grant could be used to cover operational expenses related to the execution of the CCP milestones. Please let me know if any additional information is desired.
Devens Regional Enterprise Zone of Massachusetts ICLEI Membership & Cities for Climate Protection® Campaign Participation
WHEREAS, scientific consensus has developed that Carbon CO2 and other greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere have a profound effect on the Earth's climate; and
WHEREAS, in 2006 the U.S. National Climatic Data Center confirmed clear evidence of human influences on climate due to changes in greenhouse gases; and
WHEREAS, the U.S. Conference of Mayors endorsed the 2005 U.S. Mayors' Climate Protection Agreement initiated by Seattle Mayor Nickels and signed by 238 mayors in the United States as of June 2006: and
WHEREAS, the Urban Environmental Accords adopted by local government delegates during UN World Environment Day 2005 call for reduced emissions through energy efficiency, land use and transportation planning, waste reduction, and wiser energy management; and
WHEREAS, in 2003 the American Geophysical Union adopted a Statement noting that human activities are increasingly altering the Earth's climate and that natural influences cannot explain the rapid increase in near-surface temperatures observed during the second half of the 20th century; and
WHEREAS, in 2001, at the request of the Administration, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) reviewed and declared global warming a real problem caused in part by the actions of humankind; and
WHEREAS, the 2001 Third Assessment Report from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the 2000 U.S. Global Change Research Program's (USGCRP) First National Assessment indicate that global warming has begun; and
WHEREAS, 162 countries including the United States pledged under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions; and
WHEREAS, energy consumption, specifically the burning of fossil fuels, accounts for more than 80% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions; and
WHEREAS, local government actions taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency provide multiple local benefits by decreasing air pollution, creating jobs, reducing energy expenditures, and saving money for the local government, its businesses, and its residents; and
WHEREAS, the Cities for Climate Protection® Campaign sponsored by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability has invited the Devens Enterprise Zone to join ICLEI and become a partner in the Cities for Climate Protection Campaign;
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Devens Enterprise Zone of Massachusetts will join ICLEI as a Full Member and participate in the Cities for Climate Protection Campaign and, as a participant, pledges to take a leadership role in promoting public awareness about the causes and impacts of climate change.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Devens Enterprise Zone will undertake the Cities for Climate Protection Campaign's five milestones to reduce both greenhouse gas and air pollution emissions throughout the community, and specifically:
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the Devens Enterprise Zone requests assistance from ICLEI's Cities for Climate Protection Campaign as it progresses through the milestones.
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