City’s new climate coordinator has full plate – California News

City’s new climate coordinator has full plate – California News

The new person in charge of environmental issues for the city of Menlo Park hit the ground running this week.

Rebecca Lucky, hired as the city’s sustainabilty manager in late June, filled a seven-month vacancy after Heather Abrams left in January. Lucky’s first day on the job was Monday . Although she held the same title from 2009 to 2014, she said it will take her time to get up to speed on the issues.

The city considers itself a leader in environmental issues and has won a number of environmental awards in recent years, including a Beacon Award from the state in 2015.

As part of its ongoing climate action plan, the city is working toward mandating zero net energy and LEED Silver building codes for new construction; updating an agreement with solid waste and recycling collector Recology San Mateo County; developing a community zero waste plan; and crafting a renewable energy plan for existing buildings.

The climate plan aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city 27 percent from 2005 levels by 2020. The sustainability division also oversees the heritage tree ordinance, which is undergoing an update, as well as water pollution prevention and creek protection.

In addition, at the urging of Mayor Kirsten Keith, the City Council last month adopted a resolution calling for the city to reach a 100 percent clean energy goal by 2030.

“We’re fortunate that we have Peninsula Clean Energy — Menlo Park chose to do 100 percent renewable; some cities didn’t do that. That’s going to help us a lot,” Keith…

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