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Annise Parker ranks top among nation's mayors for climate protection, with an assist by Laura Spanjian

Annise Parker ranks top among nation's mayors for climate protection, with an assist by Laura Spanjian

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With the help of Laura Spanjian the Parker administration has launched a number of green initiatives, including downtown community container gardens. Photo by Paula Murphy
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Houston's Green Office Challenge helped Houston earn the Climate Protection Award. Photo by Caroline Gallay
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There's a mayor's club, and they've named our own Annise Parker as the first-place winner for the 2011 Climate Protection Award.

The United States Conference of Mayors selected Parker as the top large city-mayor from 130 prospective applicants in its fifth annual awards program, which recognizes mayors who implement innovative practices that work toward increasing energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Houston's green building initiatives, including the Green Office Challenge, were started by Mayor Parker with the help of sustainability director Laura Spanjian, and played a large part in Houston's winning the award.

"Houston is a leader on energy efficiency, and we are proud to receive this national recognition for our work in green buildings," Parker said in a statement. "The Houston Green Office Challenge and Energy Efficiency Incentive Program are unprecedented opportunities to bring citizens into the city-wide sustainability strategy."

Houston consistently ranks on the EPA's top 10 list of cities with the most Energy Star-certified buildings, and is the largest municipal purchaser of renewable energy in the nation.

To read about how you or your office can get involved in the city's energy conservation programs, visit the Green Houston website.
 

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