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Explore, Enjoy and Protect - Santa Lucia Chapter hike in Machesna Wilderness
Machesna Wilderness hike
April 2002
Photo by Gary Felsman

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Missing in (Climate) Action

A Sierra Club letter to SLO Tribune


Localized Power: Our best energy bet


Law Closing in on Climate Change

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Peak Moment

See a half-hour Peak Moment TV interview with local Smart Energy Solutions planners. Sierra Club's Ken Smokoska describes the opportunities afforded by California's Community Choice law; SLO Green Build's Nick Alter and County Air Pollution Control District Deputy Manager Aeron Arlin Genet describe where the Energy Summit's outcomes can lead.




City Council Recognized for addressing local global warming solutions

Feb. 28, 2006, San Luis Obispo, CA - At Tuesday's City Council Meeting, Mayor Dave Romero accepted a Sierra Club "Cool City" certificate honoring his commitment to take local action to curb global warming.

Last November, following a City Council vote, Romero signed a letter in support of the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection agreement. By so doing, SLO joined more than 200 cities nationwide pledging to take action to re-energize their communities with proven local energy solutions such as cleaner car fleets, energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Since the U.S. Mayors agreement came into being in March 2005, 208 mayors representing nearly 42 million Americans have pledged to take actions to significantly reduce their cities' greenhouse gas emissions. (see ).

"Mayor Romero is to be commended for his leadership in addressing the city's global warming emissions," said Santa Lucia Chapter Chair Karen Merriam. "We look forward to working with the city to promote energy-saving solutions that meet the pollution reduction goals of the Mayors Climate Protection Agreement."

The Sierra Club has released the guide Cool Cities: Solving Global Warming One City at a Time, a resource for citizens and local officials that explains the steps to be taken toward making cities "cool" and tells energy success stories from across the country -- from hybrid municipal fleets in Houston and Charlotte to energy efficient street lights and buildings in Salt Lake City and Scottsdale, and renewable energy investments in Waverly, Iowa and Columbia, Missouri. The guide is available online at .

San Luis Obispo 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, said Merriam.

Sierra Club's Cool Cities Guide to Local Global Warming Solutions is on line at

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