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Ohio Towns and Cities Playing it "Cool"

March 12, 2007

Some Ohio cities and towns are playing it "cool" these days by using energy conservation and alternative fuels to fight global warming. Sarah Topy with the Sierra Club in Ohio says there's a lot local governments can do, such as using more energy-efficient light bulbs in traffic lights and city buildings, investing in solar and other alternatives, and reaching out to citizens to join in.

"{We can] encourage carpooling, or the use of mass transit. [We can] encourage an energy audit to figure out how much energy city government and business are using, and then try to curb that as much as possible."

Eleven Ohio cities have signed on to a national "Mayors' Climate Protection Pledge." Columbus was the most recent, signing on last month.

Cincinnati has a new city office on conservation and alternative energy. Enid Nagel leads a local "cool city" campaign; she says by saving energy, cities fight global warming and save money.

"[We need this] especially in Ohio where we already have a lot of coal-fired power plants, and they're planning to build more. That just makes our air quality worse, and it's already very, very bad.

Sierra Club volunteer Mary Beth Lohse of Athens has been meeting with city officials. She says making the city's buildings more energy-efficient would be good for the climate and for the bottom line.

"Budgets are always tight. They need to save that money and put it into other programs, not just send it off to the utility companies."

Ed Amhrein with the Yellow Springs Planning Department says there's a growing interest in promoting clean energy in his village and in using conservation to cut down on demand. He points toward studies showing that green planning can help attract businesses to a community.

"It's possible, if we manage it correctly, that this could also be a good move from the standpoint of economic development."

Rob Ferrett/Eric Mack, Public News Service - OH