In the city budget approved on June 19th, Menlo Park City Council approved a number of recommendations from the Menlo Green Ribbon Citizen's committee. These initial recommendations were intended to be "low-hanging fruit", actions that the city can take easily and at low cost.
Following evaluation by city staff, Council approved 14 of the MGRCC's recommendations, including these:
- Residential solar permit fees are being eliminated.
- City staff, local architects and builders will receive training on the LEED green building standards
- Conducting an energy audit of city facilities to identify opportunities for energy and cost savings
- More trees in the reforestation program, and more bikeracks at the Caltrain station
- Conducting a town hall meeting to review the MGRCC recommendations
Staff identified that several of the recommendations were already in the budget, including:
- evaluating solar heating at the Belle Haven pool
- incorporating bike access into the design of the Willow road 101 overpass
- improving safety for kids walking and biking to school.
Kudos to Mayor Fergusson and city council for taking action, and to staff for rapidly evaluating the recommendations. A full list of the recommendations and staff analysis can be found as attachment G in the budget document.