Taylor leads Wayne County in commitment to combat global warming

Taylor Mayor Cameron G. Priebe is the first mayor in Wayne County to sign the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, which commits the city to taking deliberate action to combat global warming.

The members of the Taylor City Council showed their unanimous support of the measure during their August 21 council meeting. The action adds Taylor to a list of more than 600 cities nationwide, representing more than 50 million Americans, whose mayors have signed the historic agreement.

“We are undertaking this initiative to do what we can to reduce the harmful effects of global warming,” Mayor Priebe said.  “Our community is ours to protect so that we can ensure a better future for our children and grandchildren.”

The City of Taylor has already undertaken a number of specific actions to reduce the energy consumption and greenhouse gas “footprint” of the city’s own operation. They include:
•Policies to reduce sprawl through the use of brownfield redevelopment and land conservancy tools.
•Sidewalk paving and re-paving programs to improve community walkability;
•Ongoing discussions for the establishment of wind farms.
•The use of compact fluorescent lighting and the dialing down of thermostats to improve efficiency of city buildings.
•A reduction in the number of fleet vehicles and programs, in conjunction with a fleet that utilizes hydrogen, natural gas and bio-fuels. At the current level, 41 percent of Taylor’s vehicle fleet consists of alternative fuel vehicles, resulting in the elimination of more than 25,000 pounds of air pollution each year.
•The institution of recycling centers throughout the city for residents’ use.
•The planting of more than a thousand trees in the past two years to maintain and expand the urban forest.
•The preservation of natural wetlands at both Taylor golf courses and the re-use of captured storm water in golf course irrigation.
•The Taylor Hills Compost Facility, which produces more than 20,000 cubic yards of high-quality compost each year that is made available to local residents and businesses.
•An annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day held for 10 consecutive years and sponsored by the City of Taylor for residents and other participating communities.

With the signing of the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection agreement, Taylor will initiate the various levels of activity aimed not only at further reducing its own carbon emissions, but also at helping the community at-large to do their part at the household and neighborhood level. The Sierra Club Cool Cities Campaign is assisting the city in these efforts.

“We are very impressed at the achievements of the City of Taylor in taking the lead in Wayne County to committing to this agreement and helping to reduce global warming,” said Ed McArdle, conservation chair of the Sierra Club of Southeast Michigan.  “The Mayor and a very competent city staff have worked very hard to make the city more energy efficient which helps to improve the environment and save taxpayer dollars.”