Berkeley Climate Change draft plan release - Shorebird nature center

Save the Date:
Draft Berkeley Climate Action Plan Release Event on Monday, January 28th, 10 - Noon at the Berkeley Marina.

After months of community input, the draft Berkeley Climate Action Plan is ready for your review and feedback. Join us at the Shorebird Park Nature Center in the Berkeley Marina to mark the release of the draft plan and to learn about ways to get involved with Berkeley's growing climate protection movement.

Also, starting on 1/28 community members are invited to review and provide feedback on the draft plan on-line. It will be posted at www.BerkeleyClimateAction.org, a website designed by the City to be a community forum for climate protection ideas and resources. Register on the site today!

Event Details:
Where: Shorebird Park Nature Center at the Berkeley Marina
When: Monday January 28th, 10 - Noon
What: An event to announce the release of the draft Berkeley Climate Action Plan for community review and feedback. Speakers will include Mayor Tom Bates; Professor Dan Kammen, Director of UC Berkeley's Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (http://rael.berkeley.edu/about); and others.

City staff will provide a brief overview of the draft plan, share ways that community members can review and provide feedback on the plan before it becomes final, and provide other ideas and resources for getting involved in the Berkeley climate action movement.

Getting there: AC Transit is providing a Hydrogen Fuel Cell bus to transport people to and from the marina. Meet in front of Berkeley City Hall (2180 Milvia St.) at 10am to ride the bus to the event. The bus will drop us back off in downtown Berkeley by noon.

Space on the bus is limited! If you would like a spot on the bus RSVP to MeasureG@ci.berkeley.ca.us by Tuesday, January 22nd.

The Berkeley Marina is also accessible by existing bus routes (Bus 51). For public transport and driving directions click here:

http://www.cityofberkeley.info/marina/marinaexp/directions.html

More Background Info on the Climate Action Plan:
The Berkeley climate action planning process was set in motion in November 2006 with the passage of ballot Measure G. The measure established an 80% reduction target for Berkeley's community-wide greenhouse gas emissions and directed the City to develop a plan for achieving that target and interim targets.

The purpose of the Climate Action Plan is to guide the development and enhancement of efforts that cut the greenhouse gas emissions for which our community is responsible.

On January 28th the plan is to be released in draft form so community members have the opportunity to review and provide feedback before it is delivered to City Council in its final form. The draft climate plan was developed through extensive community input and research on potential climate protection strategies.

Community members will have the opportunity to comment on the plan on-line as well as at numerous public workshops being organized for that purpose. A full workshop schedule will be available soon.

City staff is providing a presentation on the draft Climate Action Plan for Berkeley City Council on Tuesday, January 29th.

Feel free to contact me with questions. Hope to see you on January 28th.

And Happy 2008! Here's to making the new year a "climate-friendly" one!

Timothy Burroughs
Climate Action Coordinator
City of Berkeley
p 510.981.5437
tburroughs@ci.berkeley.ca.us