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Communications Department
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Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 12/13/2012
Subject :

Palo Alto Joins Green Cities California
Newest member joins collaborative effort to accelerate adoption of sustainability policies
Contact : Phil Bobel, Assistant Director, Public Works Department    650-279-0464
Carol Misseldine, GCC Director, Green Cities California    415-388-5273
Palo Alto, CA – This week, Green Cities California (GCC) officially welcomed the City of Palo Alto as one of its newest members. The bar for GCC membership is high, by design. Pre-requisites include the adoption of a local climate or sustainability plan, and a plan to adopt the Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.  

"We are proud that Palo Alto has joined our ranks," said Carol Misseldine, Coordinator of Green Cities California. “Their sustainability expertise will serve GCC's mission of accelerating the adoption of sustainability policies through collaborative action.”

The City of Palo Alto’s Climate Action Plan addresses all aspects of both City Operations and Community Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. The City Palo Alto is unique among GCC members in that it operates a Wastewater Treatment Plant for s local communities, and runs its own Water, Gas and Electric Utilities. The Wastewater Treatment Plant has implemented several projects that substantially reduce use. The “Palo Alto Green” program purchases clean energy for participating customers, and has the highest participation rate of such programs in the nation. Palo Alto is finalizing a “Carbon Neutral” plan for its electric Utility and has just adopted a new Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan to add to the City’s extensive alternative commute facilities and reduce GHGs from this sector. 

“Palo Alto has adopted many progressive sustainability policies and plans. We continue to pursue innovative ways to enhance our ongoing sustainability efforts and will use this new partnership with GCC and urban sustainability leaders to advance our progress on the path to greater sustainability,” said Palo Alto’s City Manager, James Keene. 

Green Cities California (GCC):  Founded in 2007, GCC is a coalition of fourteen of California’s largest and most environmentally progressive local governments, collectively representing over half of California’s population. Our mission is to accelerate the adoption and implementation of sustainability policies and programs through collaborative action.