Continuing its groundbreaking sustainability efforts, Texas’s largest city has launched a major city-wide electric vehicle program called “Houston Drives Electric.” Houston Mayor Annise Parker, the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) Cities Program, which is now a fully integrated partner with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), power producer NRG Energy’s eVgo program and charging station manufacturer ECOtality are moving this car-dependent city toward a more sustainable transportation network.
Developers in Seattle have broken ground on a building on the cutting edge of efficiency and sustainability in the commercial building sector. Designed to be net-zero for water and energy use, the so-called living building will be able to collect and use rainwater, generate its own power and compost its own sewage.
The climate change actions of C40 Cities are “not only environmentally sound...[but] also save taxpayers money” says an article featured this week in The Economist magazine, which focused on the US contingent of the global network.
With the Atlantic hurricane season underway, communities along the US Eastern seaboard are braced for Hurricane Irene to strike. Stronger and more frequent storms are one of the effects of climate change, along with sea-level rise and heat stress.