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Concord REPORT TO MAYOR AND COUNCIL

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									                                                                                         AGENDA ITEM NO.




      Concord                   REPORT TO MAYOR AND COUNCIL




TO THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND COUNCIL:


                                                                             DATE: June 26, 2007


SUBJECT: CONCORD GREEN RIBBON TASK FORCE


Report in Brief

        In January 2007, Mayor Peterson announced his intention to form the Green Ribbon Task Force.
A mission was developed for the Task Force which will facilitate the development of guiding principles
that will improve our environment by decreasing the City's production of greenhouse gasses, lowering
the City's energy usage, and reducing the City's overall environmental footprint. Consideration of
measures to accomplish this will acknowledge the City's commitment to fiscal integrity and economic
development. This Green Ribbon Task Force presentation is for Council information and comment.

Background

        In his January 24, 2007 State of the City Address , Mayor Peterson proposed three areas for the
City to focus on during 2007:

           1. Physical Health of residents, especially our youth

           2. Environmental Health of our City

           3. Financial Health of our City, schools and business community

        The second focus area, Environmental Health, has resulted in a Green Ribbon Task Force. The
work of this Task Force is modeled after the Cool Mayors for Climate Protection nation-wide initiative.
Cool Mayors for Climate Protection (www.coolmayors.org ) has been joined by 500 Mayors in 50 States
leading 66 million Americans to take action on reducing global warming. Cool Mayors for climate
protection is sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

       The Green Ribbon Task Force is a diverse group representing Concord's business, academia,
non-profit, and public agencies. Task Force members include: Garaventa Enterprises, Contra Costa
Council, CSU East Bay-Concord Campus, Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, Bank of America,
Pacific Gas and Electric, Mt. Diablo Unified School District, Chevron, Home Builders Association of
Northern California, Cartridge World, and two Concord residents.

       The Task Force is meeting monthly to develop guiding principles that will improve our environment
by decreasing the City's production of greenhouse gasses, lowering the City's energy usage, and reducing the
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City's overall environmental footprint. Consideration of measures to accomplish this will acknowledge the
City's commitment to fiscal integrity and economic development. At the first meeting on May 15, 2007,
members met for the first time, introduced themselves and their specific organizations. A membership list is
attached (Attachment 1). The Mayor made a PowerPoint presentation about the nature and purpose for the
Task Force (Attachment No. 2). The City has established an email listserve for the Task Force to use in
exchanging ideas and suggestions. The current schedule of Milestone Events is summarized in the following
table:



             Milestone Events                                     Date
       Mayor's State of the City Address                          January 24, 2007
       First GRTF Meeting                                             May 15, 2007
       Six Subsequent Meetings                      3 Tuesday of June-November
       Final Report to Council                                     November 2007


Discussion

        Human activities have changed and are continuing to change our environment. Global warming has
caused an increase in the average temperature of the Earth's air and oceans in recent decades. This warming is
projected to continue. Global average air temperature rose 1.3 degrees during the past century. The
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has concluded that, "most of the observed increase in
globally averaged temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in
anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations," which lead to global warming by increasing the greenhouse
effect. Natural phenomena such as solar variation combined with volcanoes have probably had a small
warming effect from pre-industrial times to 1950, but an opposite small cooling effect since 1950. These basic
conclusions have been endorsed by at least 30 scientific societies and academies of science, including all of
the national academies of science of the major industrialized countries.

        An increase in global temperatures will cause the sea level to rise and change the amount and pattern
of precipitation. There may also be changes in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. Other
effects may include changes in agricultural yields, glacier retreat, reduced summer streamflows, species
extinctions, and increases in the geographic ranges of disease vectors.

        There are many measures that can be taken to reduce greenhouse gasses that cause global warming.
People can drive less, check their tire pressure often, consolidate trips, keep their cars in tune, and use mass
transit whenever possible. They can also use less energy by purchasing EnergyStar appliances, turning off
unneeded lights, and turning their thermostat back. People can also purchase products made from recycled
material that generally need less energy to manufacture. The objective of the Green Ribbon Task Force is to
develop guiding principles that will improve our environment through the City's commitment to
implementing similar measures on a broader scale in order to accomplish the mission described herein.
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Fiscal Impact

        No additional City funds are proposed to support the Green Ribbon Task Force. Staff and operational
support for the Task Force will be provided by reassigning management and support staff from other tasks.

Public Contact

       Posting of the Council agenda.

Recommendation for Action

       The Green Ribbon Task Force presentation is for Council information and comment.


                                                  Prepared by: Jeff Roubal
                                                                Senior Administrative Analyst

                                                  Reviewed by: Qamar Khan
                                                               Director of Public Works


                                                  Reviewed by: Mark G. Deven
                                                               Assistant City Manager

Enclosures: Attachment I - Membership of the Green Ribbon Task Force
              Attachment 2 - Green Ribbon Task Force PowerPoint Presentation
                                                                                       Attachment 1




                           Concord
                        Green Ribbon Task Force

 First           Last
 Name            Name                      Title                       Company

Nicole    Adler.           Recycling Coordinator           Garaventa Enterprises

Linda     Best             President and CEO               Contra Costa Council
                           Director, Communications and
Barbara   Celia            Marketing                       CSU East Bay, Concord Campus
                                                           Greater Concord Chamber of
Ken       Clarke           Chairman                        Commerce
                           Senior Vice President and
Juliet    Don              Marketing Development Manager   Bank of America

Sil       Garaventa, Jr.                                   Garaventa Enterprises

Greg      Hoaglin                                          Pacific Gas and Electric

Ona       Lage             Resident

Gary      McHenry          Superintendent                  Mt. Diablo Unified School District
                                                           Greater Concord Chamber of
Keith     McMahon                                          Commerce


Ron       Olinburger       Facilities Director             Chevron
                                                           Home Builders Association of
Joseph    Perkins          President and CEO               Northern California

Mary Jo   Rossi            Consultant                      Big Picture Coaching

Ben       Santos           Owner                           Cartridge World

Peter     Wilson           Dean                            CSU East Bay, Concord Campus




Green Ribbon Task Force.doc As of: 06/15/2007 at 9:01 AM
Overview
• Introductions '
• Mission
•   Reasons for Action
•   Background
•   Task Force Organization
•   Timetable
May 15, 2007 City of Concord, CA Mayor's Green Ribbon Task Force 2
Introductions
• Elected officials
• Greater Concord Chamber of
    Commerce
• Small Business
• Higher Education
• Mt Diablo School District              Is there anyone
• Corporations
                                         else who should
• Solid waste and recycling
• Home builders                          be here?
• Public utilities
• Residents
• City staff

May 15, 2007 City of Concord, CA Mayor's Green Ribbon Task Force 3
M iss ion
The mission of the
                     is to develop guiding
principles that will improve our
envi ronment by dec reasing the c ity's
produ ction of g reenhous e gass es,
lowering th e city's energy u sage, and
reduc ing the city's overall
environmental footprint .
 May 15, 2007 City of Concord, CA Mayor's Green Ribbon Task Force 4
Many Reasons for Action
• Increase in global temperatures
    Rise in sea level
• Changes in precipitation amounts and patterns
    More and stronger extreme weather events
• Changes in agricultural yields
    Glacier retreat
• Reduced summer stream-flows
• Species threatened
• Increase in the ranges of disease vectors


May 15, 2007 City of Concord, CA Mayor's Green Ribbon Task Force 5
U S Con fere n ce of M ayo rs
• February 16, 2005 -- Kyoto Protocol took
   effect in the 141 countries
• June 13, 2005 -- Mayors Climate
   Protection Agreement passed by the U .S.
   Conference of Mayors
• December 4-8, 2005 -- United Nations
   Climate Change Conference
• As ofApri/ 19, 2007- Now includes 464
   mayors from cities with over 62 million
   Americans

May 15, 2007 City of Concord, CA Mayor's Green Ribbon Task Force 6
Some Recommended Actions
• Inventory global warming emissions
• Adopt land-use policies that reduce sprawl
• Promote alternate transportation
• Increase the use of clean, alternative energy
• Make energy efficiency a priority
• Purchase only Energy Star equipment and appliances
• Practice and promote sustainable building practices
• Increase the fuel efficiency of municipal fleet vehicles
• Evaluate more efficient water and wastewater systems
• Increase recycling rates
• Maintain healthy urban forests
• Help educate about reducing global warming pollution
May 15, 2007 City of Concord, CA Mayor's Green Ribbon Task Force   7
Organization
• Seven monthly meetings
     e May - November 2007
     s Best time of day for everyone?
     • Meeting length?
     • Location? Rotate Location?
     • Same day/week of each month?
• Is email the easiest way to communicate?
• Would it be worthwhile to set up a Yahoo
    Groups or a Concord web page?




May 15, 2007 City of Concord, CA Mayor's Green Ribbon Task Force 8
Timetable
•   May - Kickoff meeting
•   dune - Define the goal
•   July - List possible actions
•   August -Evaluate alternatives
•   September -Draft guiding principles
•   October - Finish guiding principles
•   November -Public presentation
May 15, 2007 City of Concord, CA Mayor's Green Ribbon Task Force 9
N ext Steps
. Agenda for the next meeting
• B efore the next meeting
     s Sh are informat ion on what is a l rea dy
       b ei ng do ne by eac h com m ittee
       m e m ber
       Collect information on what is being
       do ne by ot her cities

May 15, 2007 City of Concord, CA Mayor's Green Ribbon Task Force 10
    Open D iscussion
•   Ideas?
•   Comments?
•   Suggestions?
•   Recommendations?



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