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Cities Benefit from Bulk Purchases of Green Supplies by Clinton Foundation

Clinton Climate Initiative and Mayors join in buying cooperative to reduce cost of green solutions for cities

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Cool cities with green product cost reduction cooperative The U.S. Conference of Mayors today announced a key new partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) that will help catapult the efforts by hundreds of cities to reduce their carbon footprint. The partnership was unveiled during the Conference’s 2007 Mayors Climate Protection Summit, before more than 300 participating mayors and climate leaders, hosted by the City of Seattle.

Volume Discounts on Energy-Efficient and Clean-Energy Products for Cities

Through CCI's new partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, an additional 1,100 U.S. cities will gain access to volume discounts on energy-efficient and clean-energy products and technologies through CCI's purchasing consortium. These benefits were previously available only to the C40 Large Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), a group of 40 of the world's largest cities that are working in concert to fight global climate change.

“We are very honored to partner with President Clinton’s Climate Initiative, because this will provide heightened opportunities to green our cities and curb global warming in America,” said Conference President Trenton Mayor Doug Palmer. “Mayors are considering every possible action to utilize clean technologies and promote more efficient energy use to reverse the negative effects of climate change in cities. This new partnership will take our collective efforts to the next level.”

“Climate change is a global issue that we must address immediately if we are to reverse its catastrophic effects," said President Clinton. "I am pleased that the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Wal-Mart and many businesses are working with my foundation to supply energy efficient and clean energy products. By offering these products at a discounted rate, we can ensure that more cities and citizens have access to them and that the market for clean energy technology will grow. Together, I hope that we can have a measurable impact on greenhouse gas emissions around the world.”

CCI's purchasing consortium already has negotiated discounted pricing agreements with twenty two manufacturers of energy-efficient products, including

  • building products
  • indoor lighting
  • clean vehicles
  • traffic and street lighting
  • advanced waste management technologies
  • water system components
  • alternative energy technologies
As a result, participating cities will have access to hundreds of individual products that reduce energy consumption in buildings, decrease fuel consumption and pollution by vehicles and capture and convert landfill methane into electricity. These and additional products will be offered to interested municipal governments at prices that have been discounted by as much as 70 percent.

"We will not get a global agreement on climate change unless you can prove this is not a burden," he said, making the case that cities have a key role in showing that curbing emissions makes economic sense. "This is the greatest opportunity we have had in our lifetimes."

The Clinton Foundation has previously worked with 40 of the world's largest cities to create a buying pool to bring down prices for green supplies such as hybrid vehicles and more efficient street lights.

In addressing a climate summit organized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Clinton announced that the 1,100 cities represented by that organization will become part of the purchasing group. Wal-Mart, the nation's largest retailer, said it would work with Clinton's foundation and the cities to bundle orders and product specifications for green technology.

Clinton asked the mayors to think about their legacy and to keep score from an environmental standpoint. "The only way to keep score in public life is whether people are better off when you quit than when you started," he said, telling them the challenge is "your kind of deal."

Cities cover just 2 percent of the planet's land but are responsible for three-quarters of its greenhouse gas emissions — and therefore present the greatest opportunity for reducing those emissions, Clinton said. Much of that progress can be made by picking the low-hanging fruit: replacing wasteful light bulbs with high-efficiency ones, finding the leaks in the water-supply system, capturing the harmful methane produced by landfills and turning it into electricity.

The big orders from cities for more efficient heating and cooling systems for public buildings, ultra-efficient LED lights, or hybrid buses guarantee income for the companies that make them, help bring prices down and create jobs, Clinton said. They also save the cities money on energy.

U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement

Scientific evidence and consensus continues to strengthen the idea that climate disruption is an urgent threat to the environmental and economic health of our communities. Many cities, in this country and abroad, already have strong local policies and programs in place to reduce global warming pollution, but more action is needed at the local, state, and federal levels to meet the challenge. On February 16, 2005 the Kyoto Protocol, the international agreement to address climate disruption, became law for the 141 countries that have ratified it to date. On that day, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels launched this initiative to advance the goals of the Kyoto Protocol through leadership and action by at least 141 American cities.

By the 2005 U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting in June, 141 mayors had signed the Agreement – the same number of nations that ratified the Kyoto Protocol. In May of 2007, Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor became the 500th mayor to sign on.

Under the Agreement, participating cities commit to take following three actions:

  • Strive to meet or beat the Kyoto Protocol targets in their own communities, through actions ranging from anti-sprawl land-use policies to urban forest restoration projects to public information campaigns;
  • Urge their state governments, and the federal government, to enact policies and programs to meet or beat the greenhouse gas emission reduction target suggested for the United States in the Kyoto Protocol -- 7% reduction from 1990 levels by 2012;
  • Urge the U.S. Congress to pass the bipartisan greenhouse gas reduction legislation, which would establish a national emission trading system

Download the Agreement



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