Climate Change and Housing

Palo Alto and other bay area suburbs have led the nation in environmental policies to reduce Green House Gas emissions and protect our open spaces. But climate change is happening faster than we predicted and every jurisdiction must determine how to address this crisis. Our greenest neighborhoods are also our most dense. Electric vehicles are good but fewer cars on the road are better. How can we re-think the way we design neighborhoods to promote more energy efficient, sustainable cities with robust parks and open spaces?

On May 12th, Palo Alto Forward and the 350 SV Palo Alto Team teamed up with Acterra, Carbon Free Palo Alto, Greenbelt Alliance, MenloSpark, MenloTogether, and Transition Palo Alto to talk about climate change and housing. Included on the panel were: 
- Amanda Eaken, Director of Transportation, American Cities Climate Change Challenge at Natural Resources Defense Council
- Justin Wang, Advocacy Manager at Greenbelt Alliance
- Sandra Slater (Moderator)

You can watch the event below but here are some great resources to learn more about how climate change and housing are intertwined: 

- We can’t beat the climate crisis without rethinking land use (Brookings Institute, 2021) 

- Global Change Research Needs and Opportunities for 2022-2031 (National Academy of Sciences, 2021)

- 3 key solutions to California’s wildfire safety blackout mess (Vox, 2019) 

- Editorial: California's extreme fire danger has never been greater. Why are Californians ignoring it? (San Francisco Chronicle, 2021) 



  • Angela Evans
    published this page in Blog 2021-05-24 13:32:06 -0700

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