GovNews: City of San Jose Hosts Climate Innovation Conference

The City of San José will host “Leading Climate Innovation: The Silicon Valley Way,” on September 12 that brings together public- and private-sector climate leaders to share ideas, innovations and best practices. The event, held in affiliation with the Global Climate Action Summit, will host the Climate showcases regional climate solutions, including Climate Smart San José, the City’s new initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

ARTICLE | Aug 14, 2018
City of San Jose, CA

The City of San José will host an event September 12 that brings together public- and private-sector climate leaders to share ideas, innovations and best practices.

The event, “Leading Climate Innovation: The Silicon Valley Way,” will be held in affiliation with the Global Climate Action Summit, a three-day conference in San Francisco. The summit, co-chaired by Gov. Jerry Brown, will salute the achievements of states, cities, companies and citizens in fighting climate change and secure commitments to accelerate that progress.

“While the Trump Administration seems intent on abdicating its environmental responsibilities, San José has doubled down on our commitment to fighting climate change,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo. “We look forward to participating in this global convening of climate leaders and spotlighting Silicon Valley businesses, non-profits and residents working together to build a more sustainable community for our children and grandchildren.”

  • Location: San José City Hall

  • Main Program: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • Festival: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

    The event will also celebrate the launch of San José Clean Energy, a new community choice energy program that will increase the use of solar power and other clean and renewable energy sources by San José consumers.

    San José is a sustainability leader, third among U.S. cities for solar panels installed per capita and fifth in total solar panels installed. It is among the top 10 U.S. cities in:

  • Electric vehicle (EV) ownership

  • Number of EV charging stations

  • LEED-certified buildings per capita

  • Clean tech capital investment 

The City is building upon its environmental leadership with Climate Smart San José, a new initiative to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, save water, and improve quality of life. Climate Smart San José puts the city on a course to meet the GHG reduction targets of the international Paris Agreement. The City Council unanimously approved Climate Smart San José in February.

The Environmental Services Department is conducting community outreach about Climate Smart San José and informing residents, businesses and stakeholders what they can do to be Climate Smart. In the month leading up to September 12, beginning August 7 on National Night Out, ESD will give away two LED light bulbs per person at nine community events to bring awareness to Climate Smart San José.

“Climate Smart San José is a people-focused plan,” said ESD Director Kerrie Romanow. “Whether it’s using LED light bulbs, taking public transportation to work, or installing drought-tolerant landscaping, the people of San José have the power to make San José a strong and healthy community for decades to come.”

To learn more about “Leading Climate Innovation,” email GCASSJ@sanjoseca.gov. For more information on Climate Smart San José, including tips and resources for being Climate Smart, visit www.climatesmartsj.org.

About the San José Environmental Services Department (ESD)

San José, Capital of Silicon Valley, is the largest city in Northern California and the 10th largest city in the nation. The San José Environmental Services Department (www.sjenvironment.org) manages garbage and recycling services; watershed protection and pollution prevention; municipal drinking water and recycled water; sustainability initiatives and the operation and infrastructure improvements of the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility. With a mission to deliver world class utility services and programs to improve our health, environment, and economy; the department is committed to being a leader in combating climate change at the local government level. 

 

Contact
Kate Ziemba,
Senior Public Information Representative
Phone: 408-975-2552
Email: kate.ziemba@sanjoseca.gov 
 
From City of San Jose Environmental Services Department

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