Wal-Mart has agreed to help US taxpayers take climate action. Over the next two years, they are sending energy audit teams to 20 State Capitol complexes to help save taxpayers money and help the environment...while the Federal Government equivocates on climate risk. This is by sponsorship of the respective State Governors (see State list below the fold).
The 'Greening State Capitols' partnership will provide governors an opportunity to reduce the overall energy consumption of their state capitol complexes by having a team of energy experts conduct a clean energy audit of the facility. Wal-Mart will send engineering experts to 20 state capitol complexes throughout 2008 and 2009 with the goal of identifying energy efficiency improvements that will provide a return on investment within five years. In addition, the experts will demonstrate the anticipated cost savings and carbon dioxide reductions each state could experience by implementing the recommended improvements.We suggest reading the entire press release issued by the Association of State Governors.
And we would like to offer our congratulations to the National Governors Association Task Force members who were instrumental in organizing the "State Summit on Clean Power and Efficiency," sponsored by the National Governors Association's Securing a Clean Energy Future Initiative (SCEF Initiative). Three cheers for the governors of these states. Climate action works with real leadership.
States Selected for the NGA/Wal-Mart 'Greening State Capitols' partnership:
* New Hampshire
* New Jersey
* Puerto Rico
* South Carolina
* South Dakota
* West Virginia
Image credit::USDA Rural Development Office, Arkansas State Capitol Complex