Concerned about the potential impacts of climate change in the region, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson signed an agreement to create the Southwest Climate Change Initiative on February 28, 2006. The two states will collaborate through their respective Climate Change Advisory Groups, to identify options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting climate change mitigation, energy efficient technologies and clean energy sources. The Governors expect that these actions to address climate change will also spur economic growth. Under the Southwest Climate Change Initiative, Arizona and New Mexico will also advocate for regional and national climate policies.
Map of Regional Initiatives