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Tupelo man hopes to make city more eco-friendly

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - A Tupelo man is launching a one-man effort to make the city more eco-friendly through a program called Cool Cities.

Travis Hunsicker's concept involves encouraging the city to sign the U.S. Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement.

He also wants to determine Tupelo's current "carbon footprint" and wants to find ways to reduce that footprint.

The ultimate goal is to lower the city's global warming pollution levels to 7 percent below those recorded in 1990 and to do it within the next four years.

It's essentially the same goal set forth by the Kyoto Protocol, an environmental treaty ratified by every developed nation in the world except the United States.

The Cooper Tire employee said his concern for the environment led him several months ago to the Cool Cities campaign, a three-year-old Sierra Club program that so far claims more than 770 city members nationwide.

In Mississippi, Meridian is the only member to date and Hunsicker wants to change that.


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