Menlo Park awarded for efforts addressing climate change
The Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative honored the City of Menlo Park with four Spotlight Awards for the city’s efforts to save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adopt policies and programs that promote sustainability. The awards were presented on Oct. 1, 2015, during the League of California Cities Annual Conference in San Jose. The City’s achievements were recognized as a part of its participation in the sustainability recognition program, the Beacon Program. Menlo Park received the following awards:
Silver Spotlight Award for 6% community GHG reductions
Platinum Spotlight Award for 20% agency energy savings
Platinum Spotlight Award for 27% natural gas savings
Gold Spotlight Award for sustainability best practices
“The Beacon Award program honors local agencies for innovative solutions that address climate change. The City of Menlo Park is a model of how to implement sustainability measures in a way that results in a more vibrant, healthy and prosperous community,” Martin Gonzalez, Director, institute for Local Government.
Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement
(The City) “will strive to the extent economically feasible to reduce global-warming pollution to a level equivalent to that designated by the Kyoto Protocol, which may involve taking actions in our own operations and community-wide, such as an Inventory of global-warming emissions in City operations and in the community, set reduction targets, and create an action plan.”
Climate Action Activities
Completed 2011 Climate Action Plan Assessment Report
Completed 2008 Municipal Greenhouse Gas Inventories
The City of Menlo Park launched the Conserve-A-Scape program in 2014 in an effort to help the city’s residents curb water use. The program provides cost-effective landscape design consulting services to Menlo Park Municipal Water District customers participating in the City’s Lawn Be Gone turf replacement program.
For a nominal fee of $50 participants get an on-site consultation visit with a landscape architect, one customized landscape design plan and one plant and material inventory list- a consultation package is valued at $400. The city subsidizes the remaining $350.
Landscape Design services are provided by a Bay Area firm that has been recognized for their success in working with a similar Landscape Improvement Grant program for the City of Emeryville.
Conserve-A-Scape was created at the direction of Menlo Park’s City Council to address the challenges of landscape design and maintenance, which were identified as barriers to residents participating in the city’s Lawn Be Gone, turf replacement, Program.
Just six months into 2015, Menlo Park’s Lawn Be Gone program had converted 52,472sq.ft. of lawn for a total water savings of 1,368,521 gallons per year.