Mayor signs Climate Protection Agreement
Mayor Roberts signs U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement
With the signing of the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement on April 16,2008, Mayor David Roberts pledges the City of Hoboken to create and implement a plan that will reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the area by 2020 or earlier. About 800 other cities and towns around the country have also signed the agreement. In Hudson County, Bayonne, Jersey City and Kearney are participating.
Quality of Life Coalition members Joan Abel, J.D. Capuano and Helen Manogue are pictured with the mayor and council members. The QLC was influential in getting the agreement adopted. Gaining enrollment in Climate Protection Agreements by counties and municipalities is the goal of a Sierra Club program called COOL cities. In that effort the Club contacts local groups such as the QLC and asks them to introduce the Agreement and work for and follow up on its passage. The QLC is performing that function in Hoboken. It met with council members in February and the council unanimously passed a resolution supporting the pledge on March 5, 2008. The group was helped in its efforts by the support of Councilpersons Terry La Bruno, Beth Mason, Michael Russo and Dawn Zimmer.
The QLC has created a special committee to work on the implementation of the Climate Protection Agreement. It is known at the Committee for a Green Hoboken. The Green Committee will work closely with the city administration in obtaining an energy audit of municipal buildings and operations from which a CO2 reduction plan will be devised. Simultaneously, the committee will be soliciting local residents to participate in the Change-A-Light Program (change light bulbs from incandescent to fluorescent) and the state’s Clean Power Choice effort (homeowners opt for a preferred energy source such as solar, wind, etc. via PSE&G)
Mayor Roberts was also presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Sierra Club.
Members of the general public are invited to become part of this global improvement effort. Contact Helen Manogue at 201-963-3511, firstname.lastname@example.org or write QLC, P.O. Box 1195, Hoboken, NJ 07030.