News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
650-329-2607
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301

7/15/2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 07/14/2008
Subject :

City of Palo Alto Earns Award for its Climate Protection Plan
Contact : Nancy Nagel, Sustainability Team Leader    650-329-2223
Palo Alto, CA – City Manager Frank Benest announced today that the City has been presented the Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award for the Palo Alto Climate Protection Plan from the Alliance for Innovation. The Climate Protection Plan, approved by City Council in December 2007, includes an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions from the City’s municipal operations as well as from the activities of the entire community and proposes specific target dates and reduction goals for both. 

"The City is honored to receive this award for Palo Alto’s Climate Protection Plan," said Palo Alto Mayor Larry Klein. "I am personally very proud that we implemented a successful collaborative process involving community members, City staff and City Council to formulate an important emissions-reduction plan that will reduce our collective carbon footprint." 

The Climate Protection Plan (CPP) expands on the Green Ribbon Task Force (GRTF) recommendations to reduce significantly greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through a joint effort between City government and the community. The CPP provides a comprehensive inventory of City government-generated and community-generated emissions and proposes reduction targets with practical steps to reach those targets.  

The CPP includes the following CO2 emission reduction targets: by 2009 the City will reduce emissions by 5% from 2005 emission levels for a total reduction of 3,266 metric tons of CO2; by 2012 the City and Community will reduce emissions by 5% from 2005 emissions levels for a total reduction of 39,702 metric tons of CO2; and by 2020, the City and Community will reduce emissions by 15% of 2005 levels, equal to 119,140 metric tons of CO2, and bring the community in line with State reduction goals. 

"By inviting and utilizing community input throughout the process, the City benefited from the collective intellectual capital of the entire community and engendered support," stated Nancy Nagel, Sustainability Team Leader. "The development of this plan broke ground for the City and created a new paradigm of community collaboration for the City." 

The Alliance for Innovation (formerly the Innovation Groups) established the Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award in 2003. Its intent is to acknowledge those local governments from across the nation and Canada that have successfully addressed important issues such as delivery of services and preparing a community for the future. 

To learn more about the Palo Alto Climate Protection Plan, visit http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/environment/news/details.asp?NewsID=861&TargetID=59




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