Block Grants for Energy Efficiency and Conservation
This is a guest post by Amy Hattan, Director of Strategic Partnerships atSecond Nature.
Earlier this year, the ACUPCC supporting orgainzations initiated a new collaboration between The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the ACUPCC to examine ways to work together cooperatively to advance our shared climate and sustainability goals. The ACUPCC staff are working with USCM leaders and staff to explore ways we can support these shared efforts, including encouraging your mayor or others in your region who may not yet have signed the Mayors Climate Protection Agreement to do so. There is now high likelihood that the new Obama Administration will propose and Congress will enact a national economic recovery plan that will include new federal funding commitments aimed at reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. The USCM has made funding of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program a key element of its MainStreet Economic Recovery Plan. Specifically, the Conference is urging a $5 - $10 billion funding commitment to this program, a USCM-led initiative that was adopted as part of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act.
There are now 606 signatories to the ACUPCC and 905 mayoral signatories to the Mayors Climate Protection Agreement (a voluntary commitment by each mayor to reduce citywide carbon emissions by seven percent below 1990 levels by the end of 2012). Many ACUPCC signatories are already working with a signatory mayor(s) on partnerships and other means to reduce emission levels at their institutions and cities. The ACUPCC supporting organizations are now assembling a database of ACUPCC and Mayoral signatories to keep all of us all better informed, and to support future outreach and other initiatives to help campuses and mayors advance common carbon reduction goals.
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