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The U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement

To quote their website:

"Cities are on the front lines of climate change, with Mayors leading the way. But we can't do it alone. Please join the cause!"
- Mayor Douglas Palmer
Trenton, NJ

As you may or may not know, a while back (1997), there was this little thing called the Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol is a protocol to the international Framework Convention on Climate Change with the objective of reducing greenhouse gases in an effort to prevent anthropogenic climate change. Many countries adopted the protocol, however, sadly enough, Canada and the U.S. refused.

However, to the credit of the U.S., the outraged Mayors of various cities got together and drafted their own protocol to "meet or beat" the standards of the Kyoto Protocol. It's called the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.

Many corporations are proud to be able to contribute to that cause. By developing products that help cities considerably reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint; these companies are quickly becoming the preferred partners of environmentally conscious metropolitan areas.

The major contribution to the environment from our industry comes in the form of LED luminaires. With a little research you can easily find companies that make beautiful series of LED compatible luminaires that contribute first by reducing 30% to 50% a city's total energy used for lighting, and secondly, thanks to their incredible 70000 hours lifespan before needing replacement, they're reducing maintenance fleet travel by 3 to 7 times, which in turn saves the city money allocated for fuel since the fleet has to travel less, and reduces green-house gas emissions as a consequence.

The goal of the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement is noble, and as the quote says: They can't do it alone. What we would like to say is: It's our honour to contribute to the cause, even if it's only by spreading the word.

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