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States and municipalities in Region 5 are taking steps to address climate change, improve energy efficiency, and increase the use of renewable energy. Many Region 5 states and municipalities have already developed climate change action plans to address energy and climate issues.

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What are Region 5 States doing to address climate change?

Four Region 5 states (Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin) are signatories and two states are observers (Indiana and Ohio) to the Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord (PDF) (4pp, 292K, About PDF). The Accord calls for Midwestern states to jointly establish greenhouse gas reduction targets and timeframes and to develop a market-based and multi-sector cap-and-trade mechanism to achieve those targets.

Several Region 5 states have developed climate action plans.

What are municipalities doing to address climate change?

U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement Patricipants in Region 5

U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement Patricipants in Region 5 as of 6/1/2009

Many municipalities in Region 5 have signed the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, which calls for communities to take action to reduce greenhouse gases in support of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Kyoto Protocol. Additionally, some municipalities in Region 5 have joined the Local Governments for Sustainability (also known as ICLEI) Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) Campaign. CCP assists cities in adopting policies and actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Several municipalities have developed their own climate change action plans. Here are a few examples. Contact us if your community has a climate change plan you would like to share here.

Does my municipality need to develop a Climate Action Plan?

Not necessarily. While there are certainly benefits to considering your emissions and opportunities for action, your community can also choose to take action right away. Most greenhouse gas emissions profiles for municipalities are similar. Typically, buildings and transportation are the largest energy use sectors under the control of a municipality. Your community can use the EPA Partnership Programs to address these right away.

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