Green Communities & Energy Efficiency
Working to Protect Our Climate
Over four hundred voters at Provincetown's November 13, 2006 Special Town Meeting overwhelmingly voted to endorse the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement and declare support for the Cape Cod Renewable Fuels Partnership.
State Green Communities Program:
U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. The Town of Provincetown became the first community on Cape Cod to join the ranks of environmentally-conscious communities across the country by approving the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. Some 400 communities representing sixty million people have signed onto this agreement, which is essentially an expression of support for the Kyoto Protocol's targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to combat global warming. By endorsing the Agreement, participating communities commit to strive to meet or beat the Kyoto Protocol targets in their own communities. Article 3 of the November 13, 2006 Special Town Meeting endorsed the Agreement.
Cities for Climate Protection Program. To implement the vote of the November 2006 Town Meeting, the Board of Selectmen unanimously voted on November 27, 2006 to participate in the Cities for Climate Protection Program of ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability. The first of five milestones is to conduct a baseline emissions inventory and forecast.
Cape Cod Renewable Fuels Partnership. As a practical first step toward energy independence, Town Meeting also approved a Declaration of Support for the Cape Cod Renewable Fuels Partnership, a group which was personally convened by Congressman Bill Delahunt last May, to bring together local governments, Cape Cod National Seashore, Barnstable County, fuel suppliers, local entrepreneurs, and other interested parties, to craft a plan to attract markets for renewable fuels and alternative energies to Cape Cod.