Support the Urban Agriculture Package and Deep Green Building Program at the July 19th Berkeley City Council Meeting!
Berkeley is behind track for achieving the bold goals set out by the Climate Action Plan (CAP). As of 2013, Berkeley has lowered greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 9% from 2000 levels. While this is better than state trends, it is not close to the goal of 33% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.
With commercial and residential buildings accounting for 44% of GHG emissions, we need to provide incentives to achieve zero net energy and shift towards renewable energy sources. Deep Green Building, a program set out by building professionals and citizens as part of the Berkeley Zero Net Energy++ Group, aims at prioritizing ultra-efficient construction and retrofits in a way the best supports the goals set out by the CAP. This proposal will help address water and energy conservation, sustainability, and toxicity reduction.
In addition to being more environmentally conscious of our buildings, we must also look to improving our ability to grow food locally. The transport of food across regions contributes a significant amount of GHGs (transportation totals 55% of city GHG emissions). The CAP explicitly points out the necessity to grow food locally in order to achieve the goals it sets out. By expanding the ability to grow food in urban areas, we can provide healthy, locally produced food while promoting local business and protecting the environment.
I support these two proposals that will create a greener Berkeley. Constructing and retrofitting buildings to meet the highest environmental standards, along with expanding urban agriculture, will help Berkeley move towards self-sufficiency while making a significant impact in the fight against climate change.
You can read the proposals here:
Urban Agriculture Package