In California, the state legislature has passed and Governor Schwarzenegger has signed SB375, a law which uses incentives and requirements to concentrate building growth in urban areas or close to public transportation. The passage of SB375 has set a tone for planners and builders in the state and may become a foundation for other legislative efforts to shorten car trips.
In New York City, Mayor Bloomberg launched the Broadway Goes Green initiative to reduce the amount of electricity used by theaters. Thus far ten theaters have replaced more than 10,000 bulbs with energy efficient bulbs. In the near future theaters will strive to use green building materials in their sets, recycle and reuse props, wash costumes in cold water and use rechargeable batteries in sound equipment. By reducing their carbon footprint, the theaters are contributing to the mayors plan, Plan NYC, to reduce the city's carbon footprint 30% by 2030.
The city of Santa Fe, New Mexico recently passed the Sustainable Santa Fe Plan
that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Plan address three
main areas, reduction of power used by city activities, transportation
in and out of the city as well as within, activities that produce
methane, such as waste water treatment and landfills. Implementation
work groups are being formed for each topic of this plan
with representation from the Sustainable Santa Fe Commission, the Youth
Advisory Board and other community members and stake holders.
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