Climate change and the consequential environmental deterioration can seem like overwhelming problems. But addressing climate change needs to begin at the local level. Palo Alto has been a leader in many ways such as purchasing green electricity – but we can and should continue to do more.
I support increasing the use of electricity for both residential and commercial uses. I also support increasing the use of reclaimed water. But Palo Alto will need to set aside funds required to make these important transitions happen. We need to protect our open spaces for our human as well as animal residents that rely on these habitats. I will work to add currently undedicated parks to our open space resources. I support best building practices that protect diminishing bird populations and efforts such as the horizontal levy to address sea level rise. I also support protecting and augmenting our tree canopy, as reflected in my being part of Palo Alto’s new Tree Ordinance committee.