The Sierra Club’s Cool Cities campaign provides our members, volunteers and staff with concrete ways to work together on climate change solutions locally. Hundreds of Cool Cities Teams started organizing nationally in 2005 to get the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement (MCPA) adopted by cities. The MCPA is a pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to seven percent below 1990 levels by 2012 (similar to the Kyoto Protocol). Upon getting this adopted by city council, Cool Cities Teams worked to get an inventory of emissions and a Climate Action Plan adopted and implemented in their cities.
Today, the Loma Prieta Chapter is actively building and supporting 18 Cool Cities Teams and other environmental community groups in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Benito County. Many teams have achieved the initial goals of Cool Cities Teams and we are now encouraging Cool Cities Teams to promote better land use planning in our urban centers, energy upgrades, bans on single use bags and polystyrene, among other environmental goals.
We are always recruiting new members so if you are interested in getting involved or learning more about the Cool Cities Team or community group in your city, please let us know or see the list of our teams.