Daily Archives: August 8, 2008
[Source: Tiffany Sprague, Cool Cities] — Are you interested in seeing that Phoenix is doing its part to address the issue of global warming? If so, consider getting involved in the Sierra Club’s Cool Cities campaign. Begun in 2005, Cool Cities empowers city residents and local leaders to join and encourage their cities to implement smart energy solutions to save money and build a cleaner, safer future.
Cool Cities helps to bring real solutions at local levels, showcases solutions for others to model, and builds leadership to ensure solutions are implemented at state levels and nationwide. Hybrid cars, energy efficient buildings, and renewable energy are just a few of the ways to make this real.
Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon has signed the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement — the first step to becoming a Cool City. Be the first to sign up as an activist in Phoenix and help the mayor follow through on his commitment.
- Milestone 1: Establish Campaign (IN PROGRESS) ~ Write a city profile on the Cool Cities website.
- Milestone 2: Engage The Community (IN PROGRESS) ~ Send a formal letter to Mayor, co-signed by 2+ partner community groups requesting the mayor to sign.
- Milestone 3: City Signs Agreement (COMPLETE) ~ Municipality makes formal commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement).
- Milestone 4: Initial Solution Steps (IN PROGRESS) ~ City establishes committee to create local climate action plan; City initiates early implementation actions (e.g. energy efficient light bulbs at city offices); City performs an audit of city operations.
- Milestone 5: Advanced Smart Energy Solutions
[Source: Connie Cone Sexton, Arizona Republic] — Levi Caddell’s comments came near the end of the meeting, but he seemed to provide one of the clearest reasons why those around him had gathered at the Phoenix hotel today. “Three years ago, I was a homeless vet on the streets of Phoenix,” he said. “But the system works. They gave me my life back.” Caddell, 56, was giving thanks to the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Central Arizona Shelter Services, and other groups in the Valley that help the homeless. Caddell now serves as a veteran support specialist for CASS in Phoenix. His is just one success, VA employees said. They want more.
It was why they brought together representatives of non-profit groups and organizations that assist the homeless or veterans. The meeting was part of an initiative by Project CHALENG, a federal Department of Veterans Affairs program that stands for Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education, and Networking Groups. Each year, leaders of Project CHALENG ask groups or organizations assisting the homeless to fill out a survey to help discover the unmet needs of homeless veterans. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]