Community Climate Action Summit Envisions a Carbon-Neutral Santa Monica

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Posted October 26, 2016 by The Argonaut in News
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McKinley Elementary students set an example during Bike it Walk it Bus it Week

McKinley Elementary students set an example during Bike it Walk it Bus it Week

Santa Monica is hosting a Community Climate Action Summit on Saturday, Oct. 29. The summit seeks community input to ensure that Santa Monica’s 2017 Climate Action & Adaptation Plan to reduce emissions and prepare for climate change impacts is responsive to the needs of the city’s residents.

Garrett Wong, an analyst in Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment, says the state has a goal of lowering emissions to 20% below 1990 levels by 2050. Santa Monica has already exceeded its more ambitious “15 x 15” Climate Action Plan — 15 measures to reduce emissions 15% below 1990 levels by 2015 — lowering emissions last year by 20%.

Now the city wants to be fully carbon-neutral by 2050.

Wong says Santa Monica can be more aggressive with its actions than the state and national governments.

“Cities need to demonstrate this can be done on the local level so it can be scaled up, kind of a proof of concept,” he says.

The daylong summit kicks off at 9 a.m. with a “Kidical Mass” bike ride for families. Discussions on the city’s Downtown Community Plan, the future of mobility, and more environmental topics will be held throughout the day. Those participating in the “Pecha Kucha Slam” — 20 slides presented for 20 seconds each — will have the opportunity to show off their design work. The summit concludes with a networking social hour from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

This event is co-produced by Climate Action Santa Monica and SustainableWorks with support from DNV-GL and Global Green.

“I feel like we’re on a sustainability train, of sorts, which left the station a couple years ago and is now really picking up speed,” says Climate Action Santa Monica cofounder Katharine King. “We are hoping for community engagement and ownership as we set goals and make policies that will affect all of us for years to come.”

The summit happens from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Monica Catholic Church, 701 California Ave.,  Santa Monica. Free. To register and reserve childcare, visit smgov.net/climate.

— Regan Kibbee


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