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Thank You for Your Leadership and Commitment to Climate Action & Sustainability

From: domainremoved <Diane>
Date: Thu, 2 May 2019 18:48:53 +0000

Dear Mayor Mueller and City Council Members,
Thank you for adopting the Resolution on Climate and Sustainability<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.menlopark.org_DocumentCenter_View_21256_G3-2D20190409-2DClimate-2Dand-2Dsus-2Dreso-2DCC&d=DwMGaQ&c=5VD0RTtNlTh3ycd41b3MUw&r=HpIhlV5CPzJc9V_bmvy4r0iZ659RuKWm6-HpuMyLHlQ&m=wetGAL3_lAXZYRrOpRZZPLk9tZc_RVJ2is6etWT_hDM&s=t1i49-BywCPCtmb_BWx8bdcsEKyYFG-CS7BFllCQc-w&e=> for Earth Day.

The resolution was a bold and wise response to the many scientific reports now calling for rapid, far-reaching, and un-precedented measures to dramatically reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 2030, in order to avoid the worst, irreversible impacts of climate change. (see for instance, the 2018 Special Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change<https://www.ipcc.ch/sr15/>, and the 4th National Climate Assessment<https://www.globalchange.gov/nca4>.)

We strongly support each of the elements of the Climate and Sustainability Resolution: New Climate Goals that maximize GHG reductions by 2030, Prioritizing Equity, Smart City Planning, Public Outreach, Benchmarking Progress, Improving Mobility, Zero Carbon Buildings, Healthy Neighborhoods, and Preserving the Landscape.
One of the first opportunities that Menlo Park (and neighboring cities) will have to meet the goals of the resolution will be to advance building “reach codes”<https://peninsulareachcodes.org/> that will help all new homes and buildings avoid fossil fuel use. These clean new standards are supported by Peninsula Clean Energy and San Mateo County for all peninsula cities to adopt. The Reach Codes will help make our buildings safer, healthier, and more affordable, while reducing a substantial amount of carbon emissions. We look forward to working with the City to help adopt this priority climate action.
There’s an excellent recent NY Times article<https://nyti.ms/2VCHUZD> that talks about the need for the transition from fossil fuels like natural gas, and how going electric in our buildings creates healthier spaces, and also saves money. The article notes that:

  * “If our society is going to solve the climate crisis, one of the things we must do is stop burning gas in our buildings.”
  * “Burning gas is now a bigger source<https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=38773> of such [GHG] pollution than burning coal, and nearly a third of that gas is burned in homes and commercial buildings;” and
  * In addition to the major climate hazards of gas, the health hazards are a serious concern. “Over the past decade, a growing body of scientific evidence has shown that gas stoves throw off pollutants<https://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2018/03/06/use-your-range-hood-for-a-healthier-home-advises-indoor-air-quality-researcher/> like nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide. When you are cooking, those invisible pollutants can easily reach levels that would be illegal outdoors, but the Clean Air Act does not reach inside the home.”
We are grateful for your leadership and action to address these hazards. The Climate and Sustainability resolution is a strong commitment to transition Menlo Park to a resilient, zero carbon, healthy and prosperous future.
Warm regards,
Diane Bailey


Diane Bailey | Executive Director
MENLO SPARK
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