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Hermosillo chosen for USAID funded climate change program

The Sonoran capital, Hermosillo, has been chosen to participate in a five-year program to combat climate change in major Mexican cities.

The USAID program is called the Mexico Partnership for Net Zero Cities.

Over the next five years, Hermosillo, Monterrey, Guadalajara, Mexico City and Merida will receive support, including studies and training. The goal is to reach net-zero emissions by 2030.

The cities will focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving energy efficiency in buildings and public transportation, and reducing waste and pollution.

Mayor Antonio Astiazarán says Hermosillo is subsidizing solar panels for government buildings, nonprofits and homes. And transitioning the city's fleet of police cars to electric vehicles.

Kendal Blust was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2018 to 2023.