A DECADE OF DIFFERENCE
celebrating 10 years of President Clinton’s post-presidency
Top 10 Actions on the Environment
BUILDING ON President Clinton’s longstanding commitment to the environment, the Clinton Foundation has initiated programs that create and advance solutions to the core issues driving climate change — while also helping to reduce our reliance on oil, saving money for individuals and governments, creating jobs, and growing economies. Here are 10 actions we’ve taken in the past 10 years to build a more sustainable future.
Improving Energy Efficiency in City Icons
New York City’s Empire State Building is proving that city buildings, no matter how large or how old, can significantly and affordably reduce their energy consumption. The retrofit of this iconic building which will include high-efficiency window glass replacement, redesigned heating and cooling systems and controls, and lighting improvements is expected to reduce the building’s energy use by 38 percent and energy bills by $4.4 million annually. CCI has also assisted with retrofit plans for several Chicago landmarks, including the Merchandise Mart and the Daley Center. Learn more.
Cars, trucks, buses, and trains represent nearly 12 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, but the solutions needed to improve transportation systems can sometimes appear costly and difficult to manage. President Clinton is helping to change the market for clean transportation technologies and make them more affordable — and helping cities design and implement large-scale public transit systems that reduce emissions.
Assisting Cities’ Leadership on Climate Challenges
Cities contribute more than two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70 percent of global CO2 emissions. The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), in partnership with the C40 Climate Leadership Group, helps the world’s 40 largest cities implement projects that dramatically reduce carbon emissions — while also saving on energy costs and creating local jobs.
Helping Universities Achieve Sustainability
Our Building Retrofit Program has helped the University of Central Missouri and the Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México — one of Mexico’s largest private universities — to implement campus-wide energy savings measures. As part of their programs, these universities are engaging students and faculty, both in and outside of the classroom, on sustainability initiatives around campus in order to create a living learning environment. Learn more about our Building Retrofit Program, UCM, and IBERO.
Re-envisioning Haiti’s Energy Future
Since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti last January, the Clinton Foundation and affiliates have been working with Haitians to increase access to electricity and inexpensive, renewable energy. Projects such as solar farms, clean energy stores, solar flashlights, and clean-burning briquettes will improve Haitians’ quality of life and lay the foundations for sustainable development. Learn more.