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City holds Climate Action Parade

By WTOC Staff

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The City of Savannah threw a green parade today celebrating an effort to reduce the city's carbon footprint.

The Climate Action Parade didn't have any beads nor bands, but the vehicles were the main attraction. The city's expanding alternative fuel fleet rolled down the cobblestones on River Street this afternoon past the very restaurants that supply the grease for their fuel. City leaders are trying to show that if they can do it, so can you.

"We have our nation's first hybrid electric street car; it's also powered by bio-diesel. We have bio-diesel water and sewer utility trucks. We have an electric scooter used by the film and tourism department and we have bicycles that we use at city hall," said Rachel Smithson, Thrive Initiative Coordinator.

National Climate Week is a national week of action organized by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), which provides guidance for local governments to improve their environmental sustainability plans and climate communities. It also works with the federal government to create climate protection legislation. Savannah alderman Larry Stuber serves on the national executive committee of climate communities.

During the week, communities from around the nation will call on President-elect Obama and the incoming Congress to fund local green job creation initiatives and provide tools and resources to empower greater local climate action. Such actions dramatically reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, create jobs, and stimulate the economy.

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