The City of Palo Alto’s community action program Cool Block Palo Alto is calling for volunteers to help lead their neighbors as the next phase of the Cool Block Palo Alto program kicks off with the goal to add 25 more blocks to the program. Cool Block Palo Alto helps residents lower their carbon footprint, complete emergency preparedness actions and create more livable and connected neighborhoods.
Residents are invited to attend an informational meeting on either Nov. 15 or Dec. 4, to learn more about the program and how to become a block leader. Both meetings will be held at the Lucie Stern Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Fireside Room from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Learn more and RSVP on the event page.
“By working together as a Cool Block, residents get to know their neighbors and can take actions to address both climate change and emergency preparedness, both very important to our community,” said Palo Alto Mayor Liz Kniss. “It is so important to have a sense of connection and community, and the Cool Block program provides a reason to knock on your neighbor’s door, invite them in and be in close touch with each other. I’ve heard people say they feel safer knowing who lives on their street, and another woman who said she had lived in her house for 27 years, and this program connected her to neighbors she had never met.”
Cool Block Palo Alto is based on three decades of research that empowers residents to achieve lasting behavior change and to take tangible actions in their community. The 30 Palo Alto blocks that previously completed the program delivered solid results with households reducing their carbon footprint on average by 30 percent and completing at least seven disaster preparation actions.
“We all need to better prepare for disasters and to do more to address our climate change crisis,” continued Kniss. “Cool Block Palo Alto helps residents utilize City programs to become more disaster resilient, as well as take measurable actions to reduce their own carbon footprint.”
Cool Block participants receive tools and support to make Palo Alto greener, more resilient and more neighbor-connected, starting on their own blocks or in their apartment buildings. The program offers 112 “action recipes” that include measures such as making homes more energy efficient, identifying and helping vulnerable neighbors locating emergency resources on the block such as generators, and addressing neighborhood safety concerns.
For more information, go to www.cityofpaloalto.org/coolblock