Two members of West Virginia Universitys Department of English in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences will join with local musicians Thursday, March 8 to urge Morgantown to do all it can to curb global warming.

Mark Brazaitis, associate professor of English, has organized theConcert for a Cool Cityat 8 p.m. at the Blue Moose Café on Walnut Street, downtown Morgantown.

The free public event is celebrating the Morgantown City Councils recent ratification of the U.S. MayorsClimate Protection Agreement, as well as urging council members to fulfill this voluntary accord by lowering greenhouse gas emissions associated with city vehicles and buildings.

More than 400 mayors representing over 59 million Americans have signed the MayorsAgreement. Morgantown is the second city in West Virginia and the first coal-extracting city in the United States to do so.

The most challenging part of the MayorsAgreement isnt signing it,said Brazaitis.The most challenging part is fulfilling its requirements.

Brazaitis pointed out that by signing the MayorsAgreement, Morgantown will benefit both from a cleaner environment and from the savings gained by utilizing green technologies.

Most environmentally-friendly products prove cheaper in the long run than their dirty-energy counterparts,Brazaitis said.Its a classic win-win situation.

Brazaitis will be master of ceremonies at theConcert for a Cool Cityand will also read some of his poetry and prose that relates to global warming and the environment.

The concerts headliners are musicians Beth Staley and Brian Porterfield.

Staley is in the Department of Englishs doctoral program and has a master of fine arts in creative writing from WVU .

Porterfield is the lead vocalist and guitarist for Morgantowns alternative band The Love Me Knots.

We hope this concert will show just how committed Morgantown is to solving the extremely serious problem of global warming,said Brazaitis.

For more information, contact Brazaitis, 304-293-3107, ext. 33402 or .