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Updated on: 11/5/2018 3:19 PM

In June 2017, acting on a request by then Board President Dave Cortese, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution affirming the County’s commitment to the United Nations Paris Climate Accord and in conjunction established the County Climate Coalition, calling on all counties in the U.S. to rally around combatting climate change.

“We want to let the world know that Santa Clara County and Silicon Valley have a long-term commitment to sustaining our environment and ask other counties to join us,” Cortese said.

Santa Clara County is a leader in addressing climate change at the local level with a commitment to moving to 100% renewable electric power for it's county operations by 2019 years end, which would reduce GHG emissions annually by an estimated 8,100 metric tons of equivalent carbon dioxide (MTCO2e).

The County has recently joined forces with Al Gore’s The Climate Reality Project to further engage counties and raise the bar for local governments. 

Ways to get involved: 

 
1. FORMALLY JOIN​ the County Climate Coalition.

2. SIGN ON AS A SUPPORTER of the County Climate Coalition.

3. LEARN MORE by contacting vanessa.turner@bos.sccgov.org.

 

DECLARATION OF COUNTY CLIMATE COALITION AFFIRMING COUNTIES’ COMMITMENT TO THE PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD, ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINAIBLITY, AND COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE

Consensus exists among the world’s leading climate scientists that we face a major global climate crisis caused by greenhouse gas emissions, with rising sea levels and melting ice sheets creating increasingly unpredictable and unhealthy living environments as we approach a dangerous threshold of global warming.  Documented impacts of global warming include but are not limited to increased occurrences of extreme weather events, significant impacts to human health and safety, destruction of ecosystems, and reduced economic productivity.

In 2015, all but two countries signed the United Nations Paris Climate Accord (“Paris Accord”), a historic international agreement aimed at reducing carbon emissions, slowing rising global temperatures, and helping countries deal with the effects of climate change.  Signatories to the Paris Accord committed to enact programs to limit global temperature increase to less than two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, with an expectation that this goal would be reduced to one and a half degrees in the future.  The United States ratified the Paris Accord on September 3, 2016 and committed to its own target of reducing carbon emissions by 26 to 28 percent by 2025. 

On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Accord despite the dire consequences of the planet’s rising temperatures and opposition from communities across the country and world.  The United States’ withdrawal could result in an additional three billion tons of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere each year, and an additional increase of as much as 0.3 degrees Celsius in global temperatures by end of the century.

The County Climate Coalition takes sharp exception to President Trump’s unilateral intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Accord and urges the federal government to adhere to its emissions reduction commitments under the Paris Accord.  Regardless of whether the United States ultimately withdraws from the Paris Accord, the undersigned local governments intend to continue working toward meeting the United States’ commitment under the Paris Accord through results-oriented strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  By combating climate change through renewable solar energy development, alternative community energy providers, enhanced waste diversion, environmentally friendly vehicles, reduction of water usage, and other local solutions, the undersigned local governments will continue their efforts to slow the dangerous pace of global warming while advancing environmental sustainability, protecting public health, and leading innovation. 

 
MEMBER COUNTIES
 
Santa Clara County, California
Charles County, Maryland
San Miguel County, Colorado
Gilpin County, Colorado
San Mateo County, California
Summit County, Utah
Contra Costa County, California
Essex County, New Jersey
Marin County, California
Alameda County, California
Santa Barbara County, California

The list is growing. ...

SUPPORTERS​
The Climate Reality Project
Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter
350 Silicon Valley
Santa Barbara County, CA Board of Supervisors Chair Joan Hartmann
Knox County, TN Commissioner Evelyn Gill
Marin County, CA Board of Supervisors President Judy Arnold
Albany County, NY Legislator William Reinhardt
Lane County, OR Commissioner Pete Sorenson
Adams County, CO Board of Commissioners Chair Eva Henry
Ramsey County, MN Commissioner Victoria A. Reinhardt
Nevada County, CA Supervisor Heidi Hall
City of Boulder, CO Councilor Aaron Brockett
San Francisco State University Assistant Professor Eric Mar
Local Power Inc. President Paul Fenn
City of Dallas Council Member Philip Kingston
Sonoma County, CA Regional Climate Protection Authority Coordinator Carolyn Glanton 
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