Did you know that state law requires cities to roll back their carbon footprints to 1990 levels by 2017? Land use is key to accomplishing this. The Chapter’s Sustainable Land Use Committee has written guidelines for using the land ¼ to ½ mile around each CalTrain station. The guidelines provide planning commissions, city councils, developers, and interested citizens a wide menu of options to promote development of a lower-carbon lifestyle. Why the land around CalTrain stations? What are our specific suggestions? Read on.
Chapter volunteers scrambled late last year to meet a deadline for comments on Daly City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan update. Our Cool Cities Team members were the only ones to show up and speak up for the environment. As a result of our work, Daly City streets may soon be more attractive for cyclists and pedestrians.
Mention discussions of water rates, and yawns are suppressed and eyes start to roll. However, public policy concerning who pays how much for water affects conservation in various ways, well beyond the obvious “the more you charge, the less people will use.” The Chapter’s Water Committee is weighing in on San Jose Water Company’s request for a 44% rate increase, asking the California Public Utilities Commission to investigate whether the company’s proposal is the best way to conserve water and other resources. Read why.
It’s a win-win-win. By taking advantage of the Club’s Solar Homes Campaign, you will get a $750 gift card and possibly reduce your electricity bill. The Chapter will get money for important campaigns. And the planet will win as solar replaces coal, carbon footprints shrink, and this key clean-energy solution comes up to scale.