Fayette County

Let's talk about city's carbon footprint

Up to 200 people are expected to gather in downtown Lexington on Wednesday to talk about reducing the city's carbon footprint.

Lexington has been chosen as one of 10 cities across the country for what is being called a "Spotlight Conversation" on Earth Day.

Last year, the Brookings Institute conducted a first-of-its-kind study of the per-capita carbon footprints of the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas. Lexington's combination of coal-fired energy, sprawl and lack of attention to efficiency tagged it at No. 100 — the worst of them all.

In announcing the Spotlight event, Mayor Jim Newberry described it as "another step Lexington is taking as we strive to become a leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions."

The keynote speaker will be Dan Coody, a former mayor of Fayetteville, Ark. In 2007, he was the first small-city mayor to be awarded the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Climate Protection Award.

The event is sponsored by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the Earth Day Network and America Speaks.