CO2 Emissions Reduction Goal

Global Warming Presentation
to CMAQ on 1/09/06
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longer version for Brown Bag Lunch Series, Jan. 31.
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"I view today's decision to support the goal of Sustainable Silicon Valley to reduce CO2 emissions as a proactive, rather than reactive, approach to conservation.

I'm proud that San Mateo County has been in the forefront of reducing energy consumption and improving air quality with policies that include Green Building LEED Standards and our Clean Vehicle Procurement. Partnering with Sustainable Silicon Valley continues that tradition.

- Jerry Hill, Supervisor

On November 15, 2005, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 10% by 2010 and to support the Sustainable Silicon Valley CO2 Initiative.

CO2 emissions collect in the atmosphere with other pollutants and create a blanket around the earth, which traps the planet's heat and causes global warming. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the United States, with only 4% of the world's population, produces 25% of the world's carbon dioxide pollution, more CO2 than China, India and Japan combined. An increase in global temperature can result in stronger hurricanes, droughts, heat waves, melting glaciers and habitat loss.

In order to achieve the goal of 10% reduction, the County will increase its efforts to reduce energy and natural gas consumption in its facilities, increase the MPG average of its fleet, promote energy conservation practices, consider renewable energy options and explore new technology and innovative solutions. For many years, the County has been retrofitting its buildings to achieve energy efficiency, purchasing hybrids for its fleet, and setting strong energy goals for its new buildings. The resolution increases the internal focus on energy reduction, promotes educational outreach to the public and encourages collaborative work with other public agencies and nonprofits to achieve a broader impact.

Sustainable Silicon ValleySustainable Silicon Valley is a nonprofit collaboration of businesses, governments, and non-governmental organizations that are identifying and addressing environmental and resource pressures in the Valley. As its first initiative, SSV is engaging prominent Valley organizations to work towards a goal of reducing regional CO2 emissions 20% below 1990 levels by 2010.

Read the full reports:

  • Staff Report - html | pdf
  • Resolution - pdf
  • Energy and Fuel Consumption for County Facilities - html | pdf
  • Sustainable Silicon Valley 2005 Annual CO2 Report - pdf
  • San Mateo Countywide Energy Snapshot 2006 - pdf
  • San Mateo County Energy Water Snapshot - pdf
  • Countywide Energy Strategy Development Project - html

Reduce your own carbon footprint.

Cool It!
Cool It!

Sustainable Silicon Valley
Sustainable Silicon Valley

ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability

California Climate Action Registry
California Climate Action Registry

For more information on the impact of CO2 and global warming, visit:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Natural Resources Defense Control
Natural Resources
Defense Control

Global Warming: Kids Site

Inverstors and Environmentalists for Sustainable Prosperity