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Communications Department
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Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 03/08/2010
Subject :

Former Mayor Peter Drekmeier is a Featured Speaker on March 16, 2010
Topic “Adapting to Climate Change: Preparing Palo Alto for Inevitable Impacts”
Contact : Debra van Duynhoven, Assistant to the City Manager    650-329-2164
Walt Hays, CEAP Chair    650-424-9633
Palo Alto, CA –The City of Palo Alto and Palo Alto's Community Environmental Action Partnership (CEAP) are hosting a presentation followed by discussion on "Adapting to Climate Change: Preparing Palo Alto for Inevitable Impacts" by former Mayor Peter Drekmeier at the Lucie Stern, Community Room, on March 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. Drekmeier will identify some of the challenges ahead and measures people can take to reduce the local impacts of climate change. The event is free.

Climate change is happening.  We must do everything possible to minimize its severity by reducing our use of fossil fuels, but we also should begin preparing ourselves for the changes ahead.  In Palo Alto we can expect an increased risk of flooding, water shortages and wildfires in our foothills.  How can we prepare for these impacts?

"Palo Alto is a leader in efforts to protect the climate, but we must do more.  Even with dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, Palo Alto and its neighboring communities will face huge challenges in the not-do-distant future as a result of climate change.  We must begin preparing ourselves for an increased risk of flooding, water and food shortages and a greater risk of wildfires," said Peter Drekmeier. 

Event details:
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 7 to 9 p.m.
Lucie Stern, Community Room
Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
Free admission

Following Peter's talk, attendees will be invited to divide into small groups to discuss the issues presented.

Palo Alto’s Community Environmental Action Partnership (CEAP) has coordinated this event. Co-sponsors of this event include the City of Palo Alto, Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, Acterra, The Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club, Canopy, Avenidas, Committee for Green Foothills, Palo Alto Online and Palo Alto Weekly.

About CEAP
The City of Palo Alto and community groups came together in 2008 to create the Community Environmental Action Partnership (CEAP), dedicated to improving the collaboration on important environmental issues.  In particular, CEAP was created to help the community reach the goals in the 2007 Palo alto Climate protect Plan.  The Community Environmental Action Partnership, a collaborative citywide initiative, engages the various segments of the Palo Alto community to identify opportunities and create and implement sustainable environmental solutions.