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 Policy Order Resolution
  July 29, 2013

WHEREAS: For years, the City of Cambridge has led the charge in empowering its residents, workers, and visitors to engage in behaviors that are sustainable, healthy, and environmentally-conscious; and  
WHEREAS: This May, the City of Cambridge joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University as a signatory on the historic Cambridge Community Compact for a Sustainable Future, the first compact of its kind that will engage partners in a collaborative community effort in addressing global environmental challenges, including climate change; and 

City Departments, local businesses, and residents have consistently made efforts to work jointly to make Cambridge a more sustainable and healthful place to live and thrive; and 

WHEREAS: In recognition of Earth Hour 2013, the City Council went on record urging Cantabrigians from all sectors of the community to switch off their lights on Saturday, March 23 at 8:30 raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change; and  
WHEREAS: It has recently come to the attention of the City Council that the City of Cambridge has been encouraged to participate in the World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour City Challenge, a year-long challenge to encourage cities to engage in innovating thinking patterns that promote attractive, one-planet lifestyles; and
WHEREAS: The Earth Hour City Challenge evaluates cities on their efforts to move towards a low carbon economy and promotion of the use of renewable energy sources, willingness to take ambitious actions to meet human needs in a sustainable manner, and the integration of actions into coherent sustainability strategies; and 


Participating cities are eligible for public engagement grants to encourage public participation and engagement around preparing for local vulnerabilities to climate change; now therefore be it 


That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to explore the potential for the City of Cambridge to enroll in the Earth Hour City Challenge for 2013 and report back to the City Council. 


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