In 2004, the Aspen City Council made a commitment to achieve the highest level of environmental protection for its beautiful valley and its quality of life. The council directed city staff to come forward with ideas and proposals to achieve this standard. John Worcester, Aspen City Attorney, presented an ambitious proposal he named “The Canary Initiative.” The Canary Initiative identifies Aspen and other mountain communities as the canary in the coal mine for global warming. Aspen’s goal: to aggressively reduce its contribution to global warming, and to engage other communities to send a clear message on the importance of this issue. (Download PDF)