Santa Monica’s green building program is highlighted in New Energy for Cities, a report released Monday, August 14th, by the Apollo Alliance.

Mayors from across the U.S., according to the report, are pioneering new clean energy solutions that could help end the nation’s oil addiction and create good jobs.

“It’s an honor for Santa Monica to be recognized for our work on green building,” said Santa Monica Mayor Bob Holbrook. “We now have the highest number of LEED-certified green buildings per capita in the country.”

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings.

“Our cities aren’t holding their breath waiting for leadership from Washington, D.C.,” said Jerome Ringo, president of the Apollo Alliance. “They’ve declared energy independence by cutting oil use, investing in clean and homegrown power, and designing energy efficient buildings and communities.

“And they’re tying these programs to job quality standards to ensure the benefits of the new energy economy are enjoyed by everyone. These investments are paying big dividends in healthier air and reduced dependence on foreign energy.”

“Cities are setting a leadership standard that we hope Washington will one day follow,” Holbrook said. “Santa Monica is encouraging the development of green buildings without burdening developers, building owners or occupants.

“We’re working on solutions that will protect our environment, create good jobs and reduce our country’s dependence on foreign energy.”

“Santa Monica has done a great job promoting clean energy,” said Carla Din, western regional field director for the Apollo Alliance. “The city’s compre- hensive Green Building Design plan has helped to set a foundation for a more sustainable way of life.

“It enhances local resources, promotes energy efficiency and energy independence, helps prevent harm to the natural environment and strengthens the local economy.”

New Energy for Cities highlights dozens of representative municipal programs that promote renewable power, reduce oil consumption, make buildings more efficient and promote smart growth.

The Apollo Alliance, whose member organizations represent more than 17 million Americans, is a coalition of labor, environmental, business and community organizations that are fighting for energy independence and good jobs.

Apollo is pursuing a pilot program for clean energy that will capitalize on American innovation and ingenuity, rebuild the cities, create good jobs for working families and ensure good stewardship of both the economy and the natural environment.

Information, www.apollo