Below are the correlations between the National Green Megatrends® Months and the U.S. Council of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.
The National Green Megatrends® Months are in green.
The Mayors Climate Protection Agreement recommendations are below its correlating month in bold text.
Inventory global warming emissions in City operations and in the community, set reduction targets and create an action plan.
Make energy efficiency a priority through building code improvements, retrofitting city facilities with energy efficient lighting and urging employees to conserve energy and save money.
Sustainable Forests and Agriculture
Maintain healthy urban forests; promote tree planting to increase shading and to absorb CO2.
Adopt and enforce land-use policies that reduce sprawl, preserve open space, and create compact, walkable urban communities.
Increase the use of clean, alternative energy by, for example, investing in “green tags”, advocating for the development of renewable energy resources, recovering landfill methane for energy production, and supporting the use of waste to energy technology.
Solar Energy/Green Fleets
Increase the average fuel efficiency of municipal fleet vehicles; reduce the number of vehicles; launch an employee education program including anti-idling messages; convert diesel vehicles to bio-diesel.
Energy Independence/Green Transportation
Promote transportation options such as bicycle trails, commute trip reduction programs, incentives for car pooling and public transit.
Water Quality and Conservation
Evaluate opportunities to increase pump efficiency in water and wastewater systems; recover wastewater treatment methane for energy production.
Practice and promote sustainable building practices using the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program or a similar system.
Help educate the public, schools, other jurisdictions, professional associations, business and industry about reducing global warming pollution.
Increase recycling rates in City operations and in the community.
Purchase only Energy Star equipment and appliances for City use.