Phoenix to Become 1st U.S. city to be Carbon Neutral

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon announced today a bold 17-pont plan that would boldly create Phoenix as the country’s first carbon neutral city.

In collaboration with Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability, this proposed leap into full sustainability would cut city-generated GHG emissions by430,000 metric tons per year. This is roughly equal to 80,000 vehicles off the road.

The plan hinges on receiving at least partial funding from the new stimulas bill recently signed by President Obama. Brown and Arizona State University President Michael Crow met Tuesday with Energy Secretary Stephen Chu to make their pitch.

During the meeting, Chu observed that this plan could have Phoenix’s comprehensive plan could serve as a model for other cities across the country.

Solar will be an integral partof the 17-point plan, said Brown. He will announce that by April, Phoenix will seek bids to construct the Valley’s first solar power plant, to encompass 1,200 acres at the city’s landfill.

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