Canton becomes a Cool City!

On Tuesday night the Canton Board of Aldermen endorsed the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, becoming the seventh city in North Carolina to do so. In recognition of this the North Carolina Sierra Club will hold a ceremony in April honoring the town and Mayor Smathers as a 'Cool City.'

By signing on Canton has committed to taking appropriate steps toward reaching the emissions goals outlined in the agreement. Over the last few years it has already made progress by:

-Placing their old watershed in a conservation easement and using the funds they received for doing so to build an outdoor sports complex on top of an old landfill.
-Extending water and sewer to areas that were having problems with failed septic tanks and resultant waste seepage problems.
-Significant expansion of the greenway system.
-A major renovation of its water treatment plant to improve environmental

Canton joins Asheville, Boone, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Durham, and Highlands as Cool Cities in North Carolina. It particularly exemplifies the Sierra Club's stance that no city is too small to take leadership on the environment.

We'd like to have cities on board in all 100 counties, so please contact us if you're interested in working on it.

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