CCA climate change events to coincide with San Francisco summit

On Sept. 11, the day before the summit begins, San Rafael-based MCE will participate in a related event in San Francisco along with CleanPower SF and the California Community Choice Association.

The Global Climate Action Summit, the brainchild of Gov. Jerry Brown, will showcase the actions states and regions, cities, companies, investors and others have taken since the Paris conference to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It will also point the way forward to what needs to be urgently accomplished to avert catastrophic climate change, organizers say.

Dawn Weisz, MCE executive officer, said that at her Sept. 11 event, “We’ll be talking about how community choice programs around the state are benefiting communities and reducing carbon impacts.”

Weisz said examples will include local renewable projects and programs that serve disadvantaged and low-income communities.

The event begins at 12:30 p.m. at the office of SPUR, formally known as the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association, at 654 Mission St. in San Francisco. It will include optional tours of Solar One, MCE’s 60-acre solar farm in Richmond, and Waste Management’s state-of-the-art landfill gas-to-energy plant at the Redwood Landfill in Novato.

“We are the first generation to see the impacts of climate change and the last generation that can change the progression of climate change,” Weisz said, “so it is our responsibility to do everything we can at this time to halt climate change as quickly as possible.”

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