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The Green Life: Urban Bright

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May 17, 2007

Urban Bright

It's been a big week for urban greening. With the mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma, signing the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, there are now 500 "Cool Cities"--home to 64 million people--in the United States, each of which have committed to reduce global warming pollution by increasing energy efficiency, transitioning to cleaner vehicles, and switching to renewable power.

CoolcitiesInternationally, 16 cities will get a green "makeover" thanks to the Clinton Foundation, which has partnered with multinational banks and energy service companies to retrofit buildings from Mexico City to Mumbai with energy-saving technologies that will cut power consumption by up to 50 percent.

"Climate change is a global problem that requires local action," former President Clinton said, announcing the program yesterday. "The businesses, banks and cities partnering with my foundation are addressing the issue of global warming because it's the right thing to do, but also because it's good for their bottom line."

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