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Friday, December 5, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck, M.D., and University of Texas at Arlington President James D. Spaniolo will showcase local successes on energy and climate solutions at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, and call on President-elect Barack Obama and the incoming Congress to empower greater local action to create green jobs and address climate and energy challenges. The event will be held in the Palo Duro Lounge in the E.H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St.

Mayors, county executives and other local elected officials will hold similar events throughout the country during "Local Climate Action Week," Dec. 8 through 15, and endorse a "Blueprint" for the new president and Congress, sending a message about the need for federal support in solving climate and energy challenges.

"Local governments are in a unique position to dramatically reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, create jobs, and stimulate the economy," said Mayor Cluck, citing the city's methane gas recycling program at the landfill as one of Arlington's innovative renewable energy success stories.

Both the City of Arlington and The University of Texas at Arlington recently completed a carbon footprint analysis to measure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which have serious effects on public health and quality of life. Both are award-winning leaders in recycling, composting and energy conservation programs. Additionally, the University is home to numerous alternative energy research projects.

"Technological innovations can create the new jobs that are needed for a healthy national economy, while making our local communities better, more sustainable places to live," said  President Spaniolo.

In addition to Cluck and Spaniolo, speakers at the event will include Richard Greene, administrator for Environmental Protection Agency- Region 6, Robert Smouse, LEED AP environmental services executive manager for the City of Arlington and Jeff. L. Howard, assistant professor in the School of Urban and Public Affairs and co-chair of the President's Committee on Sustainability. Additional organizations and individuals will be recognized for their environmental and sustainable stewardship activities throughout our community.

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