"Participation is ranked 3rd (out of 97) and is well supported across all organisational types. Given the prominence of this concept, turning it into meaningful initiatives and outcomes in the Rio process will be vital." Rio+20: Analysis of Zero Draft Submissions, January 2012 
Bloomberg offers windmill power plan. August 19  Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is seeking to put wind turbines on New York City's bridges and skyscrapers and in its waters as part of a push to develop renewable energy.
USA announces decision to protect polar bears under Endangered Species Act, May 14 topic
The City of Spokane is seeking applicants for a citizen task force that will help create a strategic action plan to identify and address the impacts of climate change and energy security on the City, February 11. The citizen task force will lead the strategic planning effort, supported by work groups and technical assistance from city staff and other experts. topic