Board Votes to Support Paris Climate Agreement

Cortese Calls for Counties across the Country to Form a Coalition

Acting on a request by Board President Dave Cortese, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted on Tuesday, June 6, to initiate a resolution affirming the County’s commitment to combating climate change and leading the way for other counties to join the efforts.
 
A resolution will return to the Board at the June 20 meeting. On Tuesday, the Board also approved a plan to enlist other counties across the nation to form a coalition to sign on to the agreement.
 
Supervisor Cindy Chavez also requested that a yearly report be given to the Board on how the County is living up to the Paris Climate Agreement standards in reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions and following other energy conservation measures.
 
Cortese’s proposal is a response to President Donald Trump’s decision to remove the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, which 147 countries have ratified.
 
“Trump’s decision runs counter to the County’s own actions to combat climate change,” Cortese said. “We want to let the world know that Santa Clara County and Silicon Valley have a long-term commitment to sustaining our environment and we’re ask other counties to join us.”
 
The action comes just after an announcement that the County Fleet Management Team has won an award as one of the “Best 100 Fleets in the Americas” because of the County’s heavy investment in hybrid and electric vehicles and its response to community needs.
 
The County also has:

  • Developed over 17 Megawatts of renewable solar energy at 15 sites, which will produce an estimated 26.5 million kilowatt-hours of clean electricity during 2017, and will reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions by over 5,000 metric tons of CO2 (equivalent to removing over 1,000 passenger cars from the road for one year).
  • Partnered with 11 additional communities to form Silicon Valley Clean Energy, which began providing 100% carbon-free electricity to enrolled customers as of April 3, 2017.
  • Achieved a nearly 70% waste diversion rate (as of 2015 – the most recent data available), saving roughly 8,100 tons from landfill disposal and avoiding over 25,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions (equivalent to removing 5,300 passenger cars from the road for a year).
  • Adopted LEED Silver certification as the baseline standard for new County buildings, which requires even greater energy efficiency reductions than those already required in California’s stringent Title 24 building code.
  • Reduced annual water usage at County facilities by over 65 million gallons since 2009, a reduction of nearly 20%, and a savings of approximately 260,000 kilowatt-hours a year (equivalent to removing nearly 50 passenger cars from the road each year).

For more information or an interview, please contact the Office of Supervisor Dave Cortese at 408-299-5030.

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Media Contacts:  Janice Rombeck, Office of Supervisor Dave Cortese, (408) 299-5030 (Office)/(408) 803-2095 (Cell)
 
Posted: June 7, 2017

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