On October 15, 2006, Don Cunningham and John Stoffa, the County Executives of Lehigh and Northampton counties, signed a Climate Protection Agreement that spells out ways the counties will act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in all county operations.
This is believed to be the first case where counties have joined together to take such a step on a regional basis.
Explaining why this step is so important, John Stoffa said, “In the future someone will ask, ‘What took them so long?’ It is time we begin. The lives of future generations depend on what we do now.”
The Alliance and the two county executives invite other counties to step up and sign on to this commitment — and for municipalities to sign on to the parallel U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.