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Redwood City is Working to Become a
Cool City and Cool Community

Take Climate Action
in Redwood City!

Redwood City is continually working to identify and address the environmental effects of how the City conducts business, and researching the latest technologies and methods for providing City services in an environmentally-friendly manner. Over the last few years, the City has taken specific actions:

  • retrofitting traffic lights
  • converting incandescent light fixtures
  • replacing boilers with more efficient equipment
  • aggressive water conservation
  • recycled water program
  • widespread tree-plantings
  • replacement of fleet vehicles with hybrid models
  • incorporating a “green” philosophy in our Planning function.

And, in 2008, we have initiated the Redwood City Cool Campaign to start helping the community to take positive action toward climate protection.

We feel these actions have had a significant impact on the City’s carbon footprint, and have also resulted in cost savings in many cases.

In 2007, the City signed the U.S. Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement, and in the spring and summer of 2007 the City Council will be considering next steps in furthering our efforts to find ways to reduce carbon emissions and energy use, and to more deliberately bring to Redwood City, and its residents, energy solutions that help to curb global warming, protect the environment, save taxpayer dollars, and create a healthier community.

Watch this web page for updates on the City's efforts! In the meantime, here are links to some great resources that you will find useful for your family, your neighborhood, and your community.

Learn, take action, get committed, help others - use the links below!

The Alliance for Climate Protection Stop Global Peninsula Cool Campaign (including a great "carbon calculator!")
Sierra Club Cool Cities Campaign (a World Café sponsor) (a Redwood City World Café sponsor) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Change Page
City Trees Volunteer Urban Forest Organization (a World Café sponsor)
Sustainable San Mateo County Redwood City's Section in the Sustainable San Mateo County 2007 Indicators Report

An Inconvenient Truth (Former Vice President Al Gore) MTV's Green Pages Sustainable Silicon Valley
International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)
(US Department of Energy)
Redwood City's World Café on Climate Protection (4/26/07)
( PG&E)
  Acterra - local solutions that enhance the natural environment

Did you know that the average American generates about 15,000 pounds of carbon dioxide every year from personal transportation, home energy use and from the energy used to produce all of the products and services we consume? It's our responsibility to try and reduce that carbon dioxide output!

Here are 10 easy things you and your family can do - and just think of the great positive impact if you get several neighbors to take these steps as well!

1. Change a Light
Replacing one regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb will save 150 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

2. Drive Less
Walk, bike, carpool, or take mass transit more often. You'll save one pound of carbon dioxide for every mile you don't drive.

3. Recycle More
You can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide per year by recycling just half of your household waste.

4. Check Your Tires
Keeping your tires inflated properly can improve gas mileage by more than 3%. Every gallon of gasoline saved keeps 20 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

5. Use Less Hot Water
It takes a lot of energy to heat water. Use less hot water by installing a low-flow showerhead (reducing carbon dioxide output by 350 pounds per year) and washing your clothes in cold or warm water (reducing carbon dioxide output by 500 pounds per year). Go to our water conservation web page for many water-saving ideas!

6. Avoid Products With a Lot of Packaging
You can save 1,200 pounds of carbon dioxide if you cut down your garbage by 10%

7. Adjust Your Thermostat
Moving your thermostat down just 2 degrees in winter and up 2 degrees in summer saves about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

8. Plant a Tree
A single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.

9. Turn off electronic devices
Simply turning off your television, DVD player, stereo, and computer when you're not using them will save you thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide per year.

10. Tell Others How to Reduce Energy Use and Carbon Dioxide Emissions!
Talk to your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and work together to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. How about a friendly competition in your neighborhood?




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