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Support for Menlo Park's Clean Power Plan

From: domainremoved <Dale>
Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2015 17:16:47 -0700

Dear Mayor Carlton and Menlo Park City Council members,

Thank you for taking the time tonight to review Menlo Park's Climate Action
Plan. This plan has been important in guiding Menlo Park towards more
sustainable development, but with the effects of global climate change
becoming more clear each year, I hope that you will take this opportunity
to strengthen Menlo Park's commitment to a greener future.

With new developments and an increase in population projected, Menlo Park
has a great chance right now to change its building and energy use
practices in order to meet and exceed its 2020 climate goals. However, to
do this, the city must choose to build more sustainable buildings and adopt
a cleaner power plan. Green building standards should be strengthened,
especially in the M2 and downtown areas, which could incorporate net-zero
energy buildings and showcase state-of-the-art energy saving technologies.
These buildings will save money and complement the great new transportation
projects under consideration, like protected bike lanes and EV charging
stations, to make Menlo Park a model for sustainability in the region.

Perhaps even more important, however, is adopting a Clean Power Plan, like
the San Mateo County Community Choice Energy Plan. A 100% renewable plan
would cost the average homeowner less than $2 extra per month, but would
have a huge effect in reducing Menlo Park's carbon footprint (the majority
of which currently comes from electricity use). With renewable energy
consistently dropping in price, this plan will likely be even less
expensive in the future. Switching to a 100% clean power plan now is an
important and easy step towards meeting our climate goals.

Thank you again for your review of the Climate Action Plan and associated
policies. I urge you to move forward by adopting greener building standards
and a clean power plan, and with the many other measures in this Plan that
will not only reduce Menlo Park's carbon footprint, but also make the
community healthier, greener, and more livable for all residents.

Best,

Dale Hall
Stanford University, Class of 2016
B.S. Engineering Physics, Minor in Urban Studies
dhall22_at_(domainremoved)
(916) 534-9772
Received on Tue Oct 20 2015 - 17:18:02 PDT

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