For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Mary Kay Clunies-Ross, PIO, City Manager's Office, (510) 981-7008

Berkeley community-driven Climate Action Plan to be released on Monday-residents and others are invited to review and debate online

Berkeley, California (Friday, January 25, 2008) - Berkeley is taking another major step forward in its commitment to build a local movement to take action on climate change. On Monday, the City is releasing the draft of a Climate Action Plan that was written with heavy community input and will be reviewed and edited by the community.

In a building made of rice straw bales, where a solar hot water system and solar electric system on the roof provide electricity, heat and hot water, City officials and residents will talk about their plan to help local residents find cleaner, greener ways to live. (Please note that this sentence is corrected from Friday- we regret the errors.)

WHO: The public is invited to join Mayor Bates and various leaders from the community. Speaking will be Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates; Dan Kammen, Director of UC Berkeley’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory; Jodi Pincus, Executive Director of Berkeley-based Rising Sun Energy Center; and the City’s Climate Action Coordinator, Timothy Burroughs.
WHAT: An event marking the release of Berkeley’s draft Climate Action Plan for public review and comment.
WHERE: Shorebird Park Nature Center at the Berkeley Marina
WHEN: Monday, January 28, 2008
10:00 a.m. Mayor and others to board AC Transit’s Fuel Cell Bus at the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center, 2180 Milvia Street.
10:15 a.m. Bus leaves the Civic Center
10:30 a.m. Bus arrives, program begins

“This is a plan for Berkeley, but it’s also a roadmap for how other communities and local governments can take on the climate challenge,” said Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates. “Implementing it will require every citizen to play a role.”

The Plan’s purpose is to serve as a guide for achieving aggressive greenhouse gas emissions reductions at the community-level. Just as Berkeley voters set the planning effort in motion, the plan itself is a product of community members’ ideas and input. 

Once the plan is released to the public on Monday, a complete draft of the plan will be posted on the interactive <> website. Community members will be able to comment on any part of the plan, see other reader’s comments, and learn how to get involved in local climate protection efforts.

The plan is the first step in meeting the goals of Measure G. Passed overwhelmingly by Berkeley voters in November 2006, Measure G mandates a reduction of the community’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050.