Mayor Vaughan Joins Mayors from Across the Country in Fight Against Climate Change
|Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan has joined nearly 100 other mayors from across the country as part of the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda. The agenda is in place to complement and build off existing efforts and other local initiatives that are currently underway.
“As mayor of the City of Greensboro, I fully support the Mayor’s National Climate Action Agenda,” Mayor Vaughan said. “I am eager to join, so that Greensboro can work together with other cities throughout the country to strengthen local efforts for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting efforts for binding federal and global-level policymaking.”
Mayor Vaughan joins other mayors from cities such as New York, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Other North Carolina cities are Asheville, Charlotte, Durham and Winston-Salem.
“It is now more important than ever for cities to act and be advocates for minimizing the effects of climate change. This isn’t new to Greensboro though, as we have made sustainability a priority for years,” Vaughan added.
City of Greensboro initiatives related to sustainability and climate change:
• Electric Buses and Infrastructure
Over the next 10 years, the City plans to pair $5.4 million in voter approved bonds with federal funds to replace diesel buses with new electric buses. The electric models create no exhaust emissions and are quieter than diesel buses. A grant from Duke Energy for $450,000 allows the City to purchase rapid charging stations for the electric buses.
• Greensboro Transit Authority Facility
The City’s first LEED certified building is an $18 million, 65,000-square foot transportation and bus maintenance facility that houses the Greensboro Transit Authority. This eco-friendly facility, designed to achieve LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council, boasts automated lighting controls, a thermal building envelope, a “green roof” garden, solar panels providing hot water, and more. The facility was designed with materials and technology that will sustain it far into the future.
• Better Buildings Program
About 300 home energy assessments were conducted to promote energy sustainability. Varying energy assessments have taken place at commercial, residential, hospital and school properties.
• Other Green Initiatives
o New LED street lights
o Electric vehicle charging stations in multiple parking areas downtown
o Expansion of the City’s recycling program
o Promote Green Building in City’s Land Development Ordinance
o Partnering with US Department of Energy’s Solar RoadMap program
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