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Support for the City's Commitment to Combat Climate Change & Congratulations on Substantial Progress To Date

From: domainremoved <Diane>
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 22:38:13 +0000

Dear Mayor Keith and City Council Members,
Thank you for considering adoption of a resolution reaffirming the City’s commitment to combat climate change and expressing support for the Paris Agreement on your consent calendar tonight. The leadership of the City of Menlo Park is instrumental in continuing progress of the clean energy economy and ensuring a vibrant and healthy future for our communities.

We are all feeling the impacts of climate change already through record-breaking heat, droughts, and wildfires, as well as rising sea levels affecting our Bayfront area. Fortunately there’s so much we can do to address climate change that will make our communities more resilient and more pleasant to live in. And Menlo Park is already heading down that sustainable pathway with good success.

One significant step that the City has taken is investing in Electric Car charging infrastructure. Exactly one year ago today, the City of Menlo Park opened four new “EV” charging stations to the public. Tonight improved EV charging management practices are slated to be adopted, while additional policies to support EVs in Menlo Park are under development.

The City has made substantial progress supporting alternatives to driving by approving new safe bicycle routes, and attracting more developments downtown that put people close to jobs, amenities, and transit. Great strides have also been made by the City to improve sustainability through the recent General Plan and zoning update. The City is also swiftly transitioning to carbon free energy through solar installations and embracing Peninsula Clean Energy.

The City of Menlo Park has reduced carbon emissions by 20 percent over ten years from 2005 to 2015. This is a huge improvement that positions Menlo Park as a leader towards clean energy prosperity for the region. We applaud each of you and City staff, commissioners, business leaders, and the many thoughtful Menlo Park residents who have contributed to this substantial progress addressing climate change. Your leadership is more important now than ever.

Diane Bailey

Diane Bailey | Executive Director
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