Groups powwow for a cool county

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By Katy Korkos

When the Pajarito Group of the Sierra Club held its second annual Sustainability Powwow at the Sheriffs Posse Shack on Saturday, it hosted several local groups who share a vision for a healthier planet.

“The federal government has not taken the lead to reduce our carbon footprint,” Mark Jones said. Jones serves on the executive committee of the local chapter, and described the focus of this year’s Powwow as trying to gain support for Los Alamos County to join the Sierra Club’s nationwide “Cool Cities” initiative.

The “Cool Counties” initiative consists of three key elements: The first asks county governments to commit to reducing their operational greenhouse gas emission by first creating an inventory of their local emissions and then planning and implementing policies and programs to achieve significant, measurable and sustainable reductions. The second element asks the local governments to work with regional and state governments for regional plans, and the third element calls on counties to urge congress and the administration to enact national programs of both limits and incentives for the reduction of greenhouse gases.

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