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Press Contact: Timothy Burroughs, Climate Action Coordinator, (510) 981-7437

Workshops and website give residents several ways to learn and comment

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, October 01, 2008) - What do you think about more housing near transit lines? More car share opportunities in residential neighborhoods? More solar installations? Berkeley's latest plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions contains a detailed implementation timeline and specific strategies for reducing Berkeley’s transportation, energy use, and solid waste emissions, and the public is invited to help find ways to reduce our emissions starting now.

November 5, 2008 Update: The public comment period on Berkeley's Climate Action Plan has been extended to January 16, 2009.

Berkeley’s Climate Action Plan is the result of Measure G, which Berkeley voters overwhelmingly approved in 2006. Measure G established a goal of reducing Berkeley emissions by 80% by the year 2050. Over the past year, the community-based action planning process has included multiple public workshops and input from climate change experts and members of the public.

The plan recommends further incentives for putting more housing and jobs near transit; calls for rapidly expanding car sharing opportunities; and recommends creating an integrated network of shuttle buses to serve areas of the City that do not have access to BART or AC Transit stations.

Public comment period runs from September 18 to November 7 (extended to January 16), and there are several ways the public can get involved.

Community members can review and comment on the plan online at www.BerkeleyClimateAction.org and comment directly on the website or send comments by email at MeasureG@ci.berkeley.ca.us.

Several workshops are scheduled at which City staff will provide an overview of the plan and opportunity for attendees to discuss the plan, share comments and as questions.

Planning Commission hosts Climate Action Plan workshop
This meeting will focus on the transportation and land use elements of the plan.
October 15 from 7-9 p.m.
North Berkeley Senior Center (at Hearst and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive)

Energy Commission CAP workshop
This meeting will focus on the elements of the plan related to energy efficiency and renewable energy use.
October 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
North Berkeley Senior Center (at Hearst and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive)

Additional workshops are being scheduled and an updated schedule will be posted at www.BerkeleyClimateAction.org.


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