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Acting on region's carbon footprint

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/04/07 @ 12:32pm

If there’s one thing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and “An Inconvenient Truth” has shown us is the need for a strategy to reduce our carbon footprint—and the urgency of implementing it. Cities and regions are leading the way.

The new Regional Center for Sustainability—formed out of the merger between EcoCity Cleveland and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History—is making a climate change plan for Northeast Ohio one of its initial projects.

The center is searching for a Climate Action Plan Coordinator, a full-time director who will, in essence, get a handle on our big pollution sources—buildings, transportation, food production, etc.—and develop transition scenarios with the carbon reduction target of 80% by 2050 in mind. This person will combine climate science research, planning and outreach skills to design plans for how these sectors can reduce their carbon footprint and then meet with the major producers of CO2 and help get them on the path of reduction.

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