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Support for Reach Codes: VERY IMPORTANT!

From: domainremoved <Mitch>
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2019 17:12:05 -0700

Dear Mayor Mueller and City Council Members,

As Co-Founder and current Chair of Menlo Spark I join our Executive Director, Diane Bailey, in urging you to support the staff proposal on “Reach Codes”<https://www.menlopark.org/DocumentCenter/View/22138/I3-20190716-Preferred-Option-Analysis-Report-CC <https://www.menlopark.org/DocumentCenter/View/22138/I3-20190716-Preferred-Option-Analysis-Report-CC>> for green building policies that are more advanced on energy efficiency and carbon reductions, which will be considered this Tuesday evening. I hope you will move forward with the staff recommendations

• Direct staff to develop amendments to the 2019 California Building Standards Code that would require new buildings to be electrically heated (water and space area heating) to reduce natural gas usage and require a minimum amount of solar production for new nonresidential buildings.

• Authorize the city manager to submit a letter of intent to Peninsula Clean Energy to apply for and receive a $10,000 grant should the City Council adopt a reach code this year.

As we are all aware, climate change is becoming an increasingly urgent problem. There is a major role to play for cities the size of Menlo Park and our neighbors, as such small cities and towns across the US are collectively responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all of the large cities in the US put together. During this time of relative national inaction it is particularly important for local communities to take action.

Menlo Park’s participation in the Peninsula and Silicon Valley regional initiative to advance building “reach codes”<http://www.peninsulareachcodes.org/ <http://www.peninsulareachcodes.org/>> is the single biggest climate action that the city can take this year. Reach codes enable all-electric, carbon free buildings that make our buildings safer, healthier, and more affordable, as well as help meet our climate action plan goals. It will also help protect our city against expensive and uncertain supplies of natural gas in the future, and make us a leader and role model for other cities.

By adopting this resolution and then the Reach Codes themselves Menlo Park will become a leading community both within the Bay Area and nationally in reducing greenhouse gases from natural gas sources. Many communities in the Bay Area are interested to see whether Menlo Park will take this step before moving forward.

Menlo Park is in good company, with more than 16 other cities so far that are working with Peninsula Clean Energy, Silicon Valley Clean Energy, and technical consultants to develop Reach Codes this year. The Reach Code will benefit our city by:

  1. Saving money – All-electric homes save at least $6,000 in construction costs.

  2. Improving health and safety by avoiding indoor pollution and highly flammable combustion sources inside our homes & buildings.

  3. Making a highly visible and practical step forward to address the climate crisis, by breaking the cycle of fossil fuel dependency in buildings. Each new electric home saves 4 tons of carbon per year.

All electric reach codes will be a strong market signal to spur development of more carbon free, electric solutions for existing homes. I hope you will support the Reach Codes as an important climate action to phase out fossil natural gas fuel use in our homes and buildings.

We are grateful for the work of staff and the Environmental Quality Commission in developing and improving this important measure. Let’s work together towards a fossil free and climate-stable future.

Mitch Slomiak

Mitchel J. Slomiak | Co-Founder and Chair, Advisory Board
Received on Mon Jul 15 2019 - 17:05:42 PDT

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