Cool Capital is a non-profit consortium of leading Washington-area businesses, institutions, government agencies, congregations, and community and environmental organizations, united to bring about an immediate and dramatic reduction in regional greenhouse gas emissions to lead the US in reversing global warming. It is coordinated out of the offices of Washington Parks & People in the Josephine Butler Parks Center at 2437 15th Street NW, Washington DC 20009.
Building on the best practices of individual businesses and institutions, the Cool Capital Challenge is an unprecedented, initiative to produce a two-billion-pound reduction in the Washington region's carbon dioxide emissions. This achievement will be almost 70% of the total that DC alone must reduce in order to meet the Kyoto Protocol target that Mayors Williams and Fenty, joining with over 400 mayors nationwide including several other Washington-area mayors, have committed to attain by 2012. This reduction will serve as both a springboard for more lasting solutions and business practices and as an inspiring model for the rest of the country. Cool Capital will demonstrate the immense practical, financial, marketing, and environmental benefits of investing in stronger energy efficiency measures.
Cool Capital empowers people with specific, positive, and money-saving steps that each of us can take right away to improve our own lives while setting a decisive example for the rest of the planet. Structured like a capital campaign with contributions of carbon savings instead of cash, Cool Capital will boost the power of each household, school, congregation, business, and agency to magnify our impact through coordinated action and outreach to others. In so doing, we will leverage new capital and revenue streams to meet this challenge with new innovation, power, and enterprise.
Cool Capital will help the Washington area to lead the country in the transformation of household energy choices, business practices, market forces, workforce training, and transportation options that our new climate demands.
Cool Capital working group members include:
(Organizations are for identification only)
Akima Cornell, Cool Cities DC
Allison Fisher, Greater Washington Interfaith Power & Light
Cheryl Cort, Coalition for Smarter Growth
Cliff Majersik, Institute for Market Transformation (chair)
Ellen Jones, Downtown DC Business Improvement District
Frank Russo, Downtown DC Business Improvement District
Glen Harrison, Washington Area Bicyclists Association
Joanna Winchester, Sierra Club
Larry Martin, Sustainable Community Initiatives
Laura Helmke, EPA ENERGY STAR
Mike Kiefer, Long and Foster
Mike Zatz, EPA ENERGY STAR
Pascale Maslin, Cool Capital
Patrick Leibach, Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs, DC Council
Ruth Greenspan Bell, Resources for the Future
Scott Pomeroy, Keep Washington DC Beautiful
Steve Coleman, Washington Parks & People
Stuart Brodsky, EPA ENERGY STAR
Zach Dobelbower, DC Office of Planning