The Clinton Climate Initiative has teamed up with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Wal-Mart, and 25 green product manufacturers to help further the goal of making green products more affordable and accessible to consumers in the U.S.
Manufacturers including GE, 3M Company, and Siemens are now part of the CCI's purchasing consortium and will offer energy-efficient products to all 1,100 cities associated with the U.S. Conference of Mayors at a 5-15% discount.
Wal-Mart, one of the largest private-sector purchasers of green technologies in the world, is helping cities to buy green by using its purchasing resources to help drive down the cost of green technologies. For instance, the retail giant is working with the CCI to create high-performance LED light fixtures designed for parking lots and street lamps. The new fixtures could help cities cut street lamp energy consumption by 50%.
Former President Bill Clinton announced that the Clinton Foundation and GE Real Estate have entered into an agreement to green all of the real estate company's operations. A record 22,835 AEC professionals attended the conference, up from 13,300 in 2006.
The product suppliers include:
Buildings—3M Company, Solar Gard, Tremco, BASF Polyurethane Foam Enterprises, and Optimum Energy
Lighting—GE, Philips Lighting, Cooper Lighting, Lemnis Lighting, Osram, Sylvania, Acuity Lighting, Dialight, and Leotek
Transportation—Scania, UTC Power, Ballard Power, ISE Corp., Siemens, Dynetek, EDrive, A123 Systems, Maxwell, and Volvo