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Columbia aggregates own climate progress report

By Jake Kreinberg
April 16, 2012 | 7:14 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Columbia graded itself on various climate initiatives and released a report card detailing its findings Monday.

The Office of Sustainability and the Columbia/City Operators Reducing Energy group compiled the scores, which are included in the city's 2012 Mayors Climate Protection Agreement Progress Report. Twelve action items received a rating, including creating a climate action plan, increasing average fuel efficiency of municipal vehicles and helping educate the public about global warming pollution.

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The city gave itself three As, seven Bs and two Cs. The categories receiving a C — or "Satisfactory" — rating included the goal of creating an inventory of city global warming emissions, setting reduction targets and developing an action plan.

Columbia drafted the report as an update to the agreement endorsed by the City Council in July 2006, which set goals for the city to meet or exceed the Kyoto Protocol targets for reduction of greenhouse gases. The United Nations ratified the protocol, which set targets to reduce global emissions, in 1997.

The entire document can be found here.