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Sustainability Accomplishments

Supervisor Yeager’s Sustainability Accomplishments
Some Leading Efforts as Santa Clara County Supervisor:
·         Authored a Green Building Ordinance requiring new or renovated commercial and residential buildings to meet LEED or equivalent standards (2008)
·         Blocked the elimination of the EcoPass public transit program for County employees and worked to make improvements to the use and function of the program (2009)
·         Instigated a Vehicle Fleet Audit that revealed $6.6 million in long-term savings through new fleet management practices and reductions to the fleet size (2009)
·         Advocated increasing the diversion rates for County facilities, which led to the creation of improved recycling and a new composting program (2009)
o   As of September 2013, the Republic Services diversion rate for the County facilities Zero Waste Program remains at 3% over targets of 70%.
·         Worked with the County administrators to create more vehicle and bicycle parking for the public while strengthening incentives for green commute options for employees (2010)
·         Brought a Community Supported Agriculture program to the County Government Center (2010)
·         Created Office of Sustainability to better coordinate the County’s environmental efforts (2010)
o   3 dedicated staff positions track and coordinate County’s overall sustainability goals, facilitate collaboration between County departments and provide ongoing reports to the Board of Supervisors
o   Manages the Silicon Valley 2.0 Project, a regional effort to minimize the anticipated impacts of climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
o   Leads County and regional effort urging homeowners to obtain a rebate towards an energy assessment and home upgrade, making homes more energy efficient
·         Proposed that the County Government Center (CGC) and the County’s surrounding facilities use
100% renewable energy (2010)
o   We now have Solar PV installations at 8 County facilities that fulfill 8% of the County’s total electricity needs
o   Beginning implementation in 2013 of a suite of electrical and mechanical energy efficiency measures in County government buildings. The completed project will offset approximately 35% of the CGC’s current electricity usage, which is equivalent to removing 97 vehicles from the road
o   County is 14th on the Environmental Protection Agency’s national list of organizations with the most on-site renewable energy generation.
·         Secured funding for bike-sharing kiosk at the Count Government Center (2011)
·         Secured budget funding for planting 500 trees in unincorporated pockets of San Jose (2011)
o   315 trees have been planted, including 78 trees (24 street trees, 54 yard trees) in the Burbank neighborhood of my district. Additional trees are now being planted in the Cambrian area of my district.
·         Passed a ban on single-use plastic and paper bags at retail establishments (2011)
·         Adopted a Zero-Waste Event Policy for county-sponsored events (2011)
·         Encouraged the creation of a new position in the Facilities and Fleet Department to manage sustainability efforts within County facilities (2011)
·         Authored an ordinance banning expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) at restaurants (2012)
·         Voted for a Green Cleaning Policy that ensures that cleaning products and processes used in the County will protect the health and safety of all building employees, occupants, and visitors, reduce impacts to the environment, and support LEED certification (2013)
·         Supported passage of the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Plan (2013)
o   The Habitat Plan streamlines the permitting process for development by providing clear guidelines for mitigating impacts to endangered species, such as creating reserves. It is an important guidebook for accommodating and controlling regional growth.
·         Authored an ordinance requiring new and remodeled buildings in the unincorporated portions of the County to be pre-wired for plug-in electric vehicle chargers (2013)
·         Instituted a goal that the percentage of alternative fuel vehicles make up 30% of the County’s total vehicles by 2025 (2014)
·         Passed an ordinance creating Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone in Santa Clara County (2015)
As Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) Board member:
·         Voted to have BAAQMD  adopt the Winter Spare the Air program to reduce air pollution from wood burning during winter months (2008)
·         Spearheaded an effort increase to outreach to city council members, county supervisors, and members of the public to build consensus around meeting regional AB 32 greenhouse gas emission reduction goals (2010)
As Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board member:
·         Chair of the BART to Silicon Valley Policy Advisory Board to monitor the BART extension progress (2007-Present)
·         Advocated expanding the Vasona Light Rail extension from Campbell to Los Gatos and promoted community meetings to update project EIR to make it eligible for future federal funding (2010)
·         To address congestion, secured $10.3 million in state funds to complete the funding needs on the $64.6 million I-880/I-280/Stevens Creek interchange upgrade project (2012)
·         Signed the federal funding agreement to bring BART to Santa Clara County in role as VTA Chair and presided over the groundbreaking of the project (2012)
As Metropolitan Transportation Commission Board member:
·         Appointed by MTC to serve on the Diridon Policy Advisory Board to work on planning issues for the station, particularly as they relate to BART and High Speed Rail (2010)
·         Founded an internal policy committee to address fair representation on MTC which resulted in the passage of state legislation that added a seat for the City of San Jose (2010-2012)
As Caltrain Board member:
·         Advocated for increased bicycle capacity onboard Caltrain (2009)
·         Brokered a deal to maintain Caltrain service levels during budget crisis (2011)
·         Voted to expand Caltrain service levels to meet rising ridership demands (2012)
o   Increased the number of weekday trains in service from 86 to 92
As California Air Resources Board (CARB) member:
·         Voted to adopt of Low Carbon Fuel Standards for state fuel producers (2009)
·         Voted to adopt Cap and Trade program (2011)
·         Voted to implement the Advanced Clean Cars Program that requires automakers to reduce tailpipe emissions of soot and smog by roughly 75%, cut greenhouse gas emissions in half, and put 1.4 million zero emission vehicles on the road, by 2025 (2012)
              These standards shape the national fuel economy standards passed that same year
Last updated: 9/26/2017 6:06 PM