In general the goal of the new Transportation Campaign is to achieve the State's goal of 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 (per SB32 passed this year), with a focus on the transportation sector of the economy and on the Bay Area.
Meeting: Sat. January 28, 2017, 10 AM - 12:30 PM
South Berkeley library/Tarea Hall Pittman branch
1901 Russell Street, at Martin Luther King, Jr. Way (one block from Ashby BART station)
We have not worked out a detailed agenda, but we are considering presentations on three key areas, all of which are needed to achieve the 40% reduction goal:
- Cleaner Vehicles--achieving both the now-threatened EPA goal of 54.5 mpg for all new cars by 2025, and State efforts to support electric vehicles. Cleaner trucks are also part of this.
- Reducing vehicle miles traveled by supporting public transit, walking, and biking, also known as Active Transportation. This is closely tied to plans to build virtually all new housing in the Bay Area in transit oriented Priority Development Area.
- Climate Initiatives--parking policies, carpool encouragement, new technology, clean vehicle rebates, and more.
The Active Transportation efforts and the Climate Initiatives efforts are under the jurisdiction of the Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), although the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) is also playing an important supporting role (MTC and BAAQMD are located together at 375 Beale Street in San Francisco. Cleaner vehicle regulations are under the control of the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
We will try to accommodate people who want to phone in to the meeting (seeking tech support!)
Details on the agenda to follow.
Please RSVP if you plan to attend.WHENJanuary 28, 2017 at 10am· 23 rsvpsWHERESouth Berkeley Library/Tarea Hall Pittman branch
1901 Russell St
Berkeley, CA 94705
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The Air District's Climate Protection Program began 10 years ago, yet not one rule to limit greenhouse gases (GHGs) from stationary sources has been adopted, and in 2012 the Air District actually amended its Permit Regulation to exclude even a review of GHG emissions (let alone require reductions) from virtually all permit evaluations.
The Air District is focused on a long term Regional Climate Action Strategy. We asked for and fully support that.
But it's also urgent to take action now to reduce GHG emissions. Many solutions are already well understood. The Air District has the power and the responsibility to implement them.
Most GHG emissions come from combustion, as do particulate emissions (which according to a 2012 BAAQMD report kill 1,700 Bay Areans every year). Only by ending reliance on combustion for heat and power can we clean the air and protect the climate. Industries, developers and vendors will need a long lead time to bring solutions to market. The time to begin the process is now.
Clean energy systems are already being installed on new and existing residential and commercial buildings in the Bay Area. Clean buildings are the "low hanging fruit" for GHG reductions. The time is ripe to promote Bay Area climate action leadership and work toward a regional mandate.
EXTRA LOVE to people who also post personal comments.
BAAQMD Board Members will read them!
Dear BAAQMD Board,
Please take real climate leadership and direct Air District staff to:
- DECARBONIZE BAY AREA INDUSTRIES — Set a goal and pathway to decarbonize Bay Area industries. Overhaul combustion rules to move Bay Area industries toward clean technology and design alternatives as well as efficiency improvements.
- AIR PERMIT RULES — Eliminate the GHG exclusion, and incorporate emission reduction goals into permit rules. Stop GHG emission increases. Achieve actual reductions.
- CLEAN BUILDINGS — Develop and promote model rules for clean buildings beyond California requirements. Work toward the elimination of combustion GHGs and all other pollutants from building systems and appliances.
- CLEAN POWER — Investigate and implement every avenue the Air District can take to support, mandate and fund clean power generation through CEQA mitigation, permitting and regulatory action.
- STAFFING — Assign sufficient staff to GHG rule development.
April 19th is coming up quickly! We need your help to:
- Help manage the Event on April 19th and be part of a team of Monitors.
- Plan (including Logistics, Volunteer Coordination)
- Outreach (spread the word via media, flyering, presentations, contacts, etc.)
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Thanks for volunteering to support the Earth Day action march on April 19th!
Thank you for helping 350 Bay Area fill the buses to the March 15, Don't Frack California! march and Rally.
Your contribution will help us sponsor a bus for residents in the Central Valley who are currently fighting fracking in their neighborhoods, so that they can join us in Sacramento to tell Governor Brown to halt fracking in California!
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Tar Sands are a bad idea. We can make sure that the Bay Area is not part of this problem. and ensure that area refineries don't process any materials from tar sands mining operations. Help us convince the cities of Richmond and Martinez to prohibit the dirty, destructive and climate-disruptive tar sands within their city limits.
We request that the city councils of Richmond, Hercules, Benicia and Martinez pass city ordinances to prohibit the transport, processing and refining within city limits of any materials obtained or derived from tar sands of any source. We request that all other city councils in the Bay Area pass resolutions in support of these ordinances.
Put global warming warning labels on gas pumps! The warning can include a link to the local Climate Action website. This is an awareness-raising action. Cigarettes have warning labels, why not gas pumps? Ask Bay Area City Councils to pass a City Ordinance to put warning labels on Bay Area gas pumps. For example:
To the Bay Area Local Governments:
We urge our city council to require warning labels on gas pumps to:
- Warn consumers that burning gasoline is causing global warming,
- Inform people that our city has a Climate Action Plan to reduce CO2 in general and gasoline use in particular.