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Santa Cruz and Capitola are cool cities


Two local cities are moving forward with innovative energy solutions to cut U.S. dependence on oil, reduce energy consumption, and implement clean energy solutions to curb global warming. Tired of waiting for the federal government to act, almost 200 cities all over the country have signed on to their own agreement.

The endeavor was launched in 2005 by Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels. Major cities which have already signed on include San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Salt Lake City, San Jose, Philadelphia, Portland, New York City, Miami, Washington DC, Las Vegas, and Atlanta.

Locally, Santa Cruz and Capitola have joined the crowd pledging to reduce global warming carbon pollution in their cities to 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012. Cities are using various tactics to achieve their goals such as replacing gas guzzlers with hybrid vehicles, installing solar panels on municipal buildings and reducing their energy consumption. Participating cities are not only helping the planet, they are also saving taxpayers money.

Your city, too, could join the group. To learn more check out, "Cool Cities: Solving Global Warming One City at a Time" available at Contact your city leaders and suggest they take steps to become truly cool.

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