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** Chance to make our libraries world class models of sustainability

From: domainremoved <Janelle>
Date: Tue, 22 May 2018 11:20:40 -0700

Dear Mayor Ohtaki and Council Members,

 

This is to express my thoughts about the possibility of upgrading Menlo
Park's downtown and Belle Haven libraries.

 

Libraries are centers of education for their books, but can also be
educational by their very construction. As the City considers whether to
rebuild the downtown and Belle Haven libraries, we should be looking for
opportunities to make them into shining examples of how our city can be a
leader in sustainability.

 

It would be great if we could make our libraries Net Zero Energy or Carbon
Neutral. If we did, we wouldn't be the first in our area - Sacred Heart
School already did that with its Stevens Library, and the City of Atherton
is planning to do so.

 

But if we aimed a little higher, we could be the first city with libraries
that:

. Are Net Positive Energy, generating more energy than they use, which
can serve other city energy needs;

. Have large banks of electric vehicle charging ports, and solar
canopies to help provide the energy;

. Are sustainable emergency shelters with solar emergency microgrids
<http://www.clean-coalition.org/our-work/peninsula-advanced-energy-community
/#sem> ;

. Include an electric vehicle loan program, so residents can try out
an electric car, bike or scooter; and

. Have an EV Experience Centre
<https://www.treehugger.com/cars/does-every-city-need-electric-vehicle-exper
ience-centre.html> like the one in Milton Keynes, England (and we should
consider making Milton Keynes a Sister City)

With these features, our libraries would attract international acclaim and
investment. They would show the world that Menlo Park is out front when it
comes to the critical steps all cities must start to take to ensure the
habitability of our planet.

 

If we remodel our libraries, let's go big and do it right.

Thank you for your considering these comments, and for your continued
commitment to sustainability.

 

Sincerely,

Janelle London
Received on Tue May 22 2018 - 11:22:01 PDT

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