Despite President Trump’s plans to remove the United States from the Paris Agreement, small cities continue to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as promised.
In Indiana, Carmel is one city doing its part.
Mayor Jim Brainard, a member of the We Are Still In coalition, has led Carmel in reducing emissions by building roundabouts at 122 intersections to reduce gas consumption, placing LED bulbs in 800 streetlights, and replacing city vehicles with hybrids and other more environmentally-friendly vehicles.
Climate research initiative America’s Pledge looked into the coalition and its effectiveness in upholding the promises made under the Paris Agreement and found that the actions of communities, businesses and other entities across the country could collectively reduce U.S. emissions “25 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 with climate policies that are already in place.”
According to the report, the 3,800 members of the We Are Still In coalition — which includes the mayors, businesses, tribal leaders and county executives whose jurisdictions create more than half of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions — could come close to meeting the initial promise laid out by the Obama administration in 2015, which pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26% below 2005 levels by 2025.
The full article from NBC is available here.