On Tuesday, May 10th at 6:30 pm, Mountain View city staff will propose a new Environmental Sustainability Action Plan 3 (ESAP-3) for the public and the Council Environmental Sustainability Committee (CESC) to review. This is your opportunity to help us shape the actions the City will undertake over the next 3 years.
The CESC (members: Mayor Showalter, Lenny Siegel, Chris Clark) meets only 2 - 3 times a year, so each meeting is an important opportunity for environmental advocates to speak up for measures they care about.
Please join us in making a couple recommendations to the Committee, either by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or in person at the meeting.
1) The City should show its commitment to environmental leadership by publicly committing to sign up all the City's electric accounts for Silicon Valley Clean Energy's "100% Renewable" offering as soon as it begins taking service from SVCE. This would help Mountain View get closer to reaching its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals. Plus, this early public commitment can be used by SVCE in its outreach to Mountain View residents, and I expect that it will inspire many residents and businesses to follow the City's lead and choose the 100% renewable option. It may also inspire other nearby cities to step up and make the same commitment, thus having a ripple effect on the residents of those cities as well.
2) Please set a clear expectation that Mountain View will inventory the GHG emissions of the community as a whole every year. Given the dramatic growth of business and residential construction in Mountain View, meeting our GHG targets is going to be very challenging. We simply won't be able to manage the process of reducing GHGs if we only check to see how we're doing every two or three years. Annual tracking of results is a must -- and, according to city staff, it won't cost very much to hire consultants to perform the annual inventory.
You should also feel free to advocate for any other measures you think make sense. These meetings are typically attended by fewer than 10 members of the public, so your voice can make a real difference. Members of the public may speak for up to 3 minutes about any item on the agenda and also for 3 minutes during the "Oral Communications" section at the beginning of the meeting.