Being Climate Smart needs to mean protecting land for San Jose

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On Tuesday, February 20, at 7 p.m., the City of San Jose is hosting a town hall meeting on the draft Climate Smart San Jose Plan (CSSJ). Let the City Council know that you support the protection of open space as a part of this plan.

City staff will propose studying how protecting open space, such as Coyote Valley and the Evergreen hills, can help meet San Jose’s climate goals. This is the last opportunity for you to weigh in on this plan before it’s adopted by the City Council on February 27. Join CGF staff and other interested members of the community on Tuesday evening and let your voice be heard.

What’s Happening

San Jose residents interested in having San Jose include the protection of natural and agricultural lands as a part of the City’s climate strategy should attend this meeting and voice their support. The Town Hall will be held in the San Jose City Council Chambers, at City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA.

Why It Matters

Climate Smart San Jose is designed to put San Jose on a path for meeting greenhouse gas reduction targets set forth in the Paris Climate Agreement. It aims not only to reduce the city’s carbon footprint but also to improve quality of life for those who live and work in San José.For nearly a year, Committee for Green Foothills has been advocating for this plan to include studying how San Jose’s natural and working lands can contribute to the city’s climate strategy. San Jose has yet to conduct a scientific analysis to estimate the significance of this land for both absorbing carbon from the atmosphere, as well as its importance for avoiding future carbon emissions as permanently protected open space. As a community we need to tell San Jose that this is important information to know before the City updates its Envision San Jose 2040 general plan or any other decisions that would allow development in our precious open spaces like Coyote Valley.

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