County Climate Coalition
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.
Kid's Climate Club
Mission Statement: To energize and mobilize the next generation of leaders in the area of environmental stewardship by educating students in grades 3 through 12 on the vital importance of minimizing society's impact on the environment, by enabling them to make environmentally friendly changes in their own lives and by encouraging them to be advocates for environmental stewardship.
Membership: Open to youth in grades 3 through 12 who have an interest in environmental stewardship and pledge to do the following:
- Conserve resources such as electricity, water and fuel;
- Reduce waste by being a smarter consumer;
- Reuse resources;
- Recycle products to eliminate the waste going to landfills;
- Encourage their parents and family to follow these environmentally friendly practices;
- Educate their friends and peers on the importance of being environmentally friendly.
Members will receive regular updates discussing ways to become more environmentally conscious, tips on how to conserve resources, updates on current environmental news and details about volunteer opportunities to help save Planet Earth.
Tools for Teachers
A library of lessons, activities and other resources for the teaching of environmental and ecological studies in grades 3 through 12—created by respected experts from throughout the world—compiled and offered by the Cortese Kid's Climate Club. Click here to view the packet.
Supervisor Cortese gave a presentation at a recent
Silicon Valley Kid's Climate Club meeting.
Sites Supervisor Cortese Has Visited:
- Ben Painter Elementary School
- Cherrywood Elementary School
- East Valley YMCA
- Pueblo de Dios
- Laneview Elementary School
- Chaboya Middle School
- Evergreen Elementary School
- St. John Vianney
- Zanker Elementary School
- Randall Elementary School
- Merryhill Elementary School
- Chung Tai Zen Center of Sunnyvale
- Curtner Elementary School
- Boy Scouts Pack 179
- Ocala Middle School
- Guadalupe River Park Conservancy
- Asian Americans for Community Involvement Afterschool Program
For more information, to join the Kid's Climate Club, or to schedule a time for Supervisor Cortese to talk with your class or youth group, please call Tara at (408) 299-5036 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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