More than 500 people (and all nine councilmembers) contributed almost five hours of their time on a sunny Sunday afternoon on January 24 to explore and help shape the future of Palo Alto, and our response to some of the biggest challenges in the world today.
But the heart of the day was the residents of Palo Alto - 40 tables of people, in a world café process, grappling creatively with the challenges of transportation, energy and water.
Many community members joined us the following night for a rich study session with the City Council - which included a great presentation by Professor Stefan Heck of Stanford on the future of transportation, energy and buildings, followed by a two-plus hour discussion of the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan. Council was open to a discussion of the bold “80x30" goalreducing Palo Alto’s emissions 80% (from 1990 levels) by 2030, 20 years ahead of California’s target!
We’re now working to schedule possible additional study sessions with the Council, as well as an action meeting to determine goals and key strategies.