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Climate Protection Actions Head North

April 20, 2007

Climate protection heads north in Idaho. Sandpoint is the first North Idaho town to sign an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas pollution. Five cities in southern Idaho are doing the same, including Boise. It means city vehicles will be more fuel-efficient, and energy efficiency in city buildings will be increased. Sandpoint Mayor Ray Miller calls it a common sense plan.

“The programs and the policies just make sense economically, as well as environmentally, whether it's involved with climate or not.”

Miller made the announcement as part of Earth Day celebrations. The agreement signed is the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, which is in place in more than 400 cities nationwide.

Miller notes that the city is already working on a way to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant. Methane gas pollution from the plant will be captured and put to good use.

“We use natural gas to heat the digester. And what we're going to do is convert to methane to heat the digester and become more self-sufficient.”

More information on the Climate Protection Agreement can be found online at and

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - ID