DEC. 10, 2007 - MARKEY, MEDFORD AND EPA-NEW ENGLAND HOST COMMUNITY ENERGY CHALLENGE FORUM

MEDFORD, MA: U.S. Representative Edward J. Markey (D-Malden) hosted a forum today regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Community Energy Challenge.” The Community Energy Challenge is a pledge made by a city or town setting a goal of at least a 10% reduction in their emissions of heat-trapping gases.

Representatives from eight communities in Rep. Markey’s congressional district were in attendance, including Mayors Michael McGlynn, Robert Dolan and Thomas McLaughlin, of the cities of Medford, Melrose and Woburn respectively. These three cities have already signed the Community Energy Challenge pledge. The City of Medford, which hosted the event, was the first city in Massachusetts to sign the Community Energy Challenge pledge.

Speakers at the forum included Ian Bowles, Secretary of Massachusetts’s Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and Robert W. Varney, Regional Administrator, EPA-New England.

Rep. Markey said, “I am thrilled that so many communities in the 7th Congressional District were able to attend this important forum on the EPA’s Community Energy Challenge. The fight against global warming and towards greater overall energy efficiency is a challenge for our nation, but it is initiatives taken at the local level that will pave the way for a global ‘Green Revolution.’”

For more information on the EPA’s Community Energy Forum please visit EPA’s website at: http://www.epa.gov/region1/eco/energy/energy-challenge.html

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 10, 2007

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