Mount Lebanon Commits to Fighting Global Warming
Council Pledges to Implement Local Global Warming Solutions
Mt. Lebanon, PA— At their regular meeting on Monday evening the Mt Lebanon Municipal Commission voted to join the City of Pittsburgh, Braddock, and nearly 1,000 other American cities in taking action at the local level on global warming.
The Mount Lebanon Environmental Community Action Team (ECAT) has been working for over a year to educate Mount Lebanon residents about the Cool Cities program. In March they convened a community meeting at the municipal building which was attended by over 50 residents. In addition, the group has tabled at the farmers markets and other events in Mount Lebanon, and held other educational events.
"Mt. Lebanon has already implemented some winning global warming solutions such as the LED traffic signals that were recently installed on Washington Rd.," said Mt. Lebanon resident Tybe Brett, "This will help save us money as well as working toward our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions."
So far, 976 municipalities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have signed the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, pledging to reduce global warming carbon dioxide pollution in their cities to at least 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012. (For more information on the Mayors' agreement, see www.ci.seattle.wa.us/mayor/climate/).
"The Mt. Lebanon commissioners are to be commended for their leadership in curbing the municipality's global warming pollution," said Michael Lamark, Mt. Lebanon resident and Sierra Club Allegheny Group Executive Committee member. "By pledging to reduce its global warming pollution, Mount Lebanon has taken an
important first step."
By taking action with Cleaner Cars, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy local solutions, Mount Lebanon and other U.S. cool cities are proving that we can solve global warming one city at a time and move our nation toward a safer and more secure energy future.
Mt. Lebanon ECAT is holding a celebration at Molly Brannigan's on Thursday May 8 from 6 - 8 p.m.