Since the introduction of Greenworks in May 2009, the City of Philadelphia has been working diligently with partners to refine and update a greenhouse gas emissions inventory that will serve as a benchmarking tool for reduction goals. In 2009, the Philadelphia International Airport completed an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions from its facilities. The City is gathering information from local utility companies and calculating vehicle miles traveled to develop a city-wide and regional greenhouse gas tracking and measurement system, and to identify additional opportunities for reducing emissions.
"There are very few initiatives in Greenworks that are not related to this target," said Rob Graff, manager of the Office of Energy and Climate Change Initiatives at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC). He points out that managing energy use in government buildings, planting trees, and using alternative energy sources to power wastewater treatment plants all reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
"Emissions are good to measure, but measurements alone rarely motivate large actions unless there are other benefits, such as saving money and improving people's lives," said Graff. "That is a strength of Greenworks."
"DVRPC is taking Greenworks with us as an example when we go out to the region as a whole," Graff added. "The City can be a model both regionally and nationally for moving ahead on policies from small to large that make an impact on greenhouse gas emissions."
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