PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia is launching an effort to cut municipal energy usage — and to reduce the city’s carbon footprint.
In 84-degree sunshine in front of the Art Museum, city officials told reporters about the new plan to reduce energy consumption. Council President Darrell Clarke couldn’t help but joke.READ MORE: Car Crashes Into Storefront In Philadelphia's Oxford Circle Neighborhood
“If anybody doesn’t believe in global warming,” he said, “they need to come to this press conference!”
Mayor Jim Kenney says by buying wind and solar power and using it more efficiently, the city plans to follow the Paris Climate Accord, even if the U.S. has pulled out.Man Killed, 16-Year-Old Student Shot In Head After Fight Near Lincoln High School, Philadelphia Police Say
“We’ve made a commitment that Philadelphia will continue to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Accord to reduce our carbon emissions by 80-percent by 2050,” the mayor said.
One place the strategy will take shape is in renovations at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where Gail Harrity is president.
“Steam distribution or new lighting systems, all have an impact on reducing energy consumption,” she said.MORE NEWS: SEPTA Riders Held Up Phones As Woman Was Raped On El Train In Upper Darby, Authorities Say
The city is seeking proposals from wind, solar and other renewable energy sources.