The Menlo Park Green Ribbon Citizens’ Committee advocates, inspires, and supports action among the residents, businesses, and institutions of Menlo Park to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to sustainable levels. We Believe We Can Make A Difference through Local Action
We Believe We Can Make A Difference through Local Action
The Menlo Park
Green Ribbon Citizens’ Committee (GRCC) advocates, inspires, and
supports action among the residents, businesses, and institutions of
Menlo Park to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to sustainable levels.
Do You Know the Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Menlo Park?
A 50 - 90% loss of Sierra snowpack by 2100 (the source of our drinking water as well as cheap clean hydropower)
Bay waters flooding businesses and homes east of 101, our water treatment plant, and area airports and highways
Increasing heat waves and wildfires with serious safety and health impacts
What is the GRCC?
We are a group of individuals from the Menlo Park community who
volunteer our time, energy, and talent to address the climate change
Launched in spring 2007 with support from the Menlo Park City Council
and staff, the volunteer-led Green Ribbon Citizens’ Committee (GRCC)
held numerous open public meetings that facilitated research,
discussions, and educational programs on climate change action.
The GRCC’s first nine months of work by more than 120 volunteers
resulted in a November 2007 Climate Action Report & Recommendations
(available on www.menlopark.org) recommending to the City a number of
interim low cost, high impact potential actions in the following areas:
* Energy & Waste Reduction
* Transit & Transportation
* Land Use & Building
* Communications, Education, & Outreach
* Green Business Development.
Consequently, the City Council authorized development of a Climate
Action Plan and approved approximately 20 related budget measures
proposed by the GRCC.
In 2008, the GRCC efforts are focused on helping individuals and
community groups learn and take action. Because climate change affects
our whole community, we value a diverse range of expertise and
perspectives and hope you will consider joining us!
Reducing Our Community’s Carbon Footprint -- Leading by Example
Our community‘s per capita CO2 emissions rates are among the highest in
the world. To sustain life on the planet as we know it, our emissions
must be rapidly reduced by 80% by 2050; that translates to a very
doable 2% per year.
The GRCC’s efforts for 2008 and beyond are focusing on outreach to
engage the wider community in effective action. We’re organized into
the following all-volunteer action teams:
To sign up for announcements from the Green Ribbon Citizens' Committee (GRCC) join our Yahoo Group. When you arrive on the
GRCC Yahoo Page, click on the blue Join This Group button in the upper right corner of that page.