Earlier this month, the mayors of the San Francisco Bay area’s three largest cities—San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose—signed a regional agreement outlining joint goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, and San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed joined together to sign the compact and form the Bay Area Climate Collaborative. They noted that, while many Bay Area cities have individually developed plans to save energy, adopt green building practices and reduce waste, the compact will allow them to pool resources to develop green programs, as well as obtain funding from the federal stimulus package and other sources for projects.
The compact’s ten stated goals are to:
- Establish an example reference standard for "baseline" green building and rooftop solar practices by the end of 2010.
- Encourage transportation mode-shifts, such as networked work locations, bicycling and public transit, to reduce 2008 baseline gasoline consumption 3 percent by the end of 2013 and 8 percent by the end of 2018.
- From a 2008 baseline, increase the use of renewable sources for electrical energy 30 percent by the end of 2013 and 50 percent by the end of 2018.
- Through conservation and energy efficiency, reduce electrical energy usage in buildings from a 2008 baseline an average of 10 percent by the end of 2013 and 15 percent by the end of 2018.
- Increase the available blue and white collar "clean and green workforce" course/trainings by 2013 and help place 20,000 trainees and graduates in the labor force in that time.
- From a 2008 baseline, decrease community water consumption 15 percent by the end of 2013 and 20 percent by the end of 2018 and increase water recycling rates 10 percent by the end of 2013 and 15 percent by the end of 2018.
- Develop and adopt municipal and organizational climate adaptation plans by the end of 2013 to increase resiliency to the impacts of climate change.
- Implement a common, ongoing region-wide public information campaign by the end of 2010, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase community resiliency.
- Increase solid waste diversion from landfills to 75 percent by the end of 2013 and achieve zero waste by the end of 2020.
- Increase the number of zero emission and other advanced ultra-low emission light duty vehicles to 10 percent of municipal fleets by the end of 2013, and to 25 percent by the end of 2018.
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Full text of the Climate Change Compact