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Please Prioritize Climate Progress in 2019

From: domainremoved <Diane>
Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2019 00:47:06 +0000

Dear Mayor Mueller and City Council Members,
As you are defining the priorities for the Council and City for 2019, please keep climate change front and center. The climate crisis is ever more present, and we’re already feeling its effects here in Menlo Park with drought, smoke from fires, and even a drastic reduction in Monarch butterflies and beneficial insects.
Menlo Park has a strong 2020 Climate Target already, and we’re likely to achieve that. But more must be done. This year, please include the following Menlo Together supported goals to accelerate carbon reductions in your workplan:

  * Adopt a policy requiring all new buildings to be Zero Carbon and Fossil Free. This mirrors the recommendations from the Environmental Quality Commission (EQC), including adoption of CalGreen reach codes in the 2019 building code update; and ​expansion of Bayfront green building standards to other zones (such as the El Camino Real/Downtown Specific Plan).
  * Adopt a new Climate Action Plan, as recommended by EQC, with an ambitious, near-term climate goal.
It has never been more urgent and more clear that we need to ramp up our transition from polluting fossil fuels, and secure a stable climate for our collective well-being. Thank you for your leadership on clean energy and climate measures so far. Please make climate progress one of the top priorities for the coming year.
Sincerely,
Diane Bailey


Diane Bailey | Executive Director
MENLO SPARK
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