Cities heading in the right direction toward carbon neutrality!

November 18, 2008 at 11:10 pm Leave a comment

I ran across an interesting pair of articles tonight showing that cities across the USA are really getting into the act on minimizing climate change and going even carbon neutral.

First off we have Atlantic City, not usually known for its frugal ways is installing what will be the largest roof mount solar array in the USA on the roof of its convention center.  The story is here at Greenbang.com (http://www.greenbang.com/6445/gambling-city-convention-center-bets-on-solar-power/) goes into more detail.

Excerpt: “The Atlantic City Convention Center has begun installing what officials say will be the “largest single-roof-mounted solar array in the United States.” When completed, some 290,000 square feet (26,942 square meters) of solar panels will cover about two-thirds of the structure’s rooftop, generating 2.36 megawatts of electricity.

However the City of Atlanta, Georgia is rasing the bar even further by creating an area in the city that is actually carbon neutral.  The story via environmentalleader.com (http://www.environmentalleader.com/2008/11/18/atlanta-establishes-first-carbon-neutral-zone-in-the-us/) talks about these 18 businesses and what they are doing to help us all save the planet.

Excerpt: “Verus Carbon Neutral and Antje Kingma, founder of Eco-Bella, say they have established the first “Carbon Neutral Zone” in the U.S. The zone – a community of 18 businesses in the Virginia Highland shopping district in Atlanta – completed carbon footprint audits and volunteered to purchase the required offsets to create a carbon neutral zone.

Pretty awesome stuff it you ask me and I look forward to more cities getting on this bandwagon. Cities are nothing if not competitive with each other for this type of bragging rights and I am certainly going to push my local officials to do their part.

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