[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/12/02/art.ap.bill.jpg caption=" The former President announced a new partnership between Arkansas and his foundation Saturday."]
(CNN) - As his wife begins her transition to becoming the nation's top diplomat in tumultuous times across the globe, former President Bill Clinton is also doing his part for the planet.
The Clinton Foundation announced Saturday that it is partnering with the State of Arkansas in an extension of the foundation's Clinton Climate Initiative. Through retrofit programs, the partnership will help the state where Clinton served as governor to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Arkansas is one of the first states to participate in the Clinton Climate Initiative. In 2006, the Clinton Foundation developed an exclusive partnership with the 40 largest cities in the world that have all pledged to engage in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
"While urban areas account for more than three-quarters of the world's total greenhouse gas emissions, we need to work with rural states like Arkansas to make a difference in the fight against climate change in practical, measurable, and significant ways," said former President Clinton in the statement released by the foundation Saturday. "I'm confident that Arkansas will set an example for the rest of the country and the world," he added.