11 Jan '17, 12pm

Menlo Park sparks interest in zero-carbon cities

What happens when a small Silicon Valley city flanked by Stanford University and Facebook headquarters sets its sights on a climate-neutral future? A zero carbon pathway and a fresh approach to the built environment emerge. But how? About five years ago, two environmental quality commissioners in Menlo Park, Chris DeCardy and Mitch Slomiak, resolved that this small city, a center of world-class innovation, could be a leader on climate action and needed to do more. In 2013 they convinced the city to commit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by 27 percent from 2005 to 2020. Then they embarked on a feasibility study to see if Menlo Park could go even further, becoming climate neutral. It turns out to be entirely possible (PDF) , leading to the creation of Menlo Spark , a nonprofit with a mission to reach zero carbon in Menlo Park by 2025. It also turns out that small c...

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