President Bill Clinton announced two new partnerships to make green products more affordable and accessible to city governments and consumers across the United States. In response to growing demand, the Climate Change Initiative (CCI) will extend its programs and purchasing consortium, which offers lower-cost green products, to all 1,100 cities in the U.S. Conference of Mayors. CCI also will work alongside Wal-Mart to drive down the cost of energy-efficient and clean-energy technologies.

“Climate change is a global issue that we must address immediately if we are to reverse its catastrophic effects,” President Clinton said. “By offering these products at a discounted rate, we can ensure that more cities and citizens have access to them and that the market for clean-energy technology will grow.”

Through CCI’s new partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, an additional 1,100 U.S. cities will gain access to volume discounts on energy-efficient and clean-energy products and technologies through CCI’s purchasing consortium. These benefits were previously available only to the C40 Large Cities Climate Leadership Group, a group of 40 of the world’s largest cities that are working in concert to fight climate change.

CCI’s purchasing consortium has negotiated discounted pricing agreements with 25 manufacturers of energy-efficient prod-ucts, including indoor lighting, clean vehicles, traffic and street lighting, building products, advanced waste management tech-nologies, water system components and alternative energy technologies. As a result, participating cities will have access to hun-dreds of individual products that reduce energy consumption in buildings, decrease fuel consumption and pollution by vehicles and capture and convert landfill methane into electricity. These and additional products will be offered to interested municipal governments at discounted prices, ranging from 5 to 15 percent below current levels for commodity items and from 15 to 70 percent below current levels for non-commodity items.

Product suppliers include the following:

  • Lighting—GE, Philips Lighting, Cooper Lighting, Lemnis Lighting, Osram Sylvania, Acuity Lighting, Dialight and Leotek
  • Buildings—3M Co., Solar Gard, Tremco, BASF Polyurethane Foam Enterprises and Optimum Energy
  • Transportation—Scania, UTC Power, Ballard Power Systems, ISE Corp., Siemens, Dynetek, EDrive, A123 Systems, Max-well and VOLVO
  • Waste—GE Energy’s Jenbacher

As one of the largest private sector purchasers of green technologies in the world, Wal-Mart is uniquely positioned to join with CCI in helping cities to buy green. CCI and Wal-Mart will use their combined purchasing resources to further drive down the prices of green technologies. Additionally, CCI and Wal-Mart will work together to identify and examine new energy-efficient products, such as LED parking lot lights and best-in-class HVAC systems, and new methods to procure and use clean energy, such as solar power. EC