Elmhurst Cool Cities Pledge

I believe in the goals of the Cool Cities Coalition to reduce Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions to protect our environment. I support the City of Elmhurst taking the lead by implementing action plans for Green Vehicle Fleets, Energy Efficiency, and Renewable Energy.

I believe that it is also the responsibility of every citizen to protect the environment. I, therefore, pledge to further our commitment to the environment by adding 3 or more of the following actions each year.

Use Less Gasoline

  • Carpool whenever possible
  • Ride bike or walk short distances
  • Check tire pressure monthly and keep at optimal pressure for better gas mileage
  • Turn off car ignition when stopped or parked for more than 30 seconds
  • If you have more than one car, always drive the most fuel-efficient car
  • When buying a new car, only consider the most fuel-efficient cars and especially hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs)
Energy Efficiency
  • Buy energy efficient appliances and unplug appliances when not in use
  • Replace at least 3 incandescent bulbs with compact florescent light (CFL) bulbs
  • Wash laundry in cold or warm water
  • Install a low-flow showerhead and turn off water when brushing teeth
  • Turn off all lights when not in use
  • Dial the heater/AC down 2 degrees in winter and up 2 degrees in summer
  • Turn off oven 10 to 15 minutes before cooking time runs out; food will continue to cook without using the extra electricity
Renewable Energy
  • Use human powered lawn mowers whenever possible
  • Use solar powered outdoor lights
  • Learn how to support renewable energy through renewable energy brokers or Tradable Renewable Energy Certificates (www.green-e.org)
  • Plant a tree or a shrub
Take the Cool Cities Pledge today!

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