KyotoUSA encourages the cities we live in and the institutions and people who make up our local communities, to take real, substantive action to address the causes of global warming and the climate disruption that it causes. Collectively we can have an incredible impact!
Global climate disruption is the most serious threat facing the planet today. Our failure to act will result in catastrophic and irreversible consequences for all life on this planet.
Countries around the globe are attempting to address this problem through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Until recently, these efforts have fallen short of the type of bold action that is needed to reverse the decades of uncontrolled burning of fossil fuels and the continuing destruction of the planet's forests.
That may be changing. Now, the U.S., Europe, and China are committing to making significant reductions in their carbon emissions.
The U.S. government has made good progress in limiting GHGs from the energy sector, especially coal plants and in transportation fuels. Today, a growing number of States have formed regional alliances that are establishing limits on greenhouse gas emissions. And local efforts, often driven by citizen advocacy, are encouraging people, businesses, schools, religious institutions, and local governments to look for ways to reduce their carbon emissions.
At KyotoUSA, we are currently working in two areas where residents can have a significant influence in reducing local emissions. We are assisting California school districts reduce their energy consumption and to install renewable energy systems with the support of our HELiOS Project (Helios Energy Lights Our Schools). Visit the HELiOS Project website to learn how you can help your school district join the ranks of other California school districts that are already enjoying the benefits of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.
Our second area of activity is in the development of Community Choice Aggregation programs in California's cities and counties. Community Choice allows a local government to procure electricity on behalf of its businesses and residents. A Community Choice program can determine rates (competitive) and acquire electricity with a higher percentage of renewable content. Learn more about Community Choice from LEAN Energy US.