Our Long Range Vision: The Cool Counties Declaration
History of the Cool Counties Initiative
On July 16, 2007, at the National Association of Counties Annual Conference in Richmond, Virginia, 12 pioneering counties representing 17 million people launched “Cool Counties.” The Cool Counties initiative seeks to marshal the resources of all 3,066 counties across the nation to address the challenges climate change poses to our communities.
King County, Washington, Fairfax County, Virginia, and the Sierra Club led the effort to draft this declaration and organize support for its approval. King County serves as the lead organizing government to build support for the Cool Counties initiative across the nation.
James City County Signs the Cool Counties Declaration
On September 25, 2007, James City County signed a commitment to:
- Inventory County government (operational) greenhouse gas emissions and reduce them to 80% below current levels by 2050
- Work closely with local, state, and federal governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below current levels by 2050 with recommended goals to stop increasing emissions by 2010, and to achieve a 10% reduction every five years thereafter through 2050.