Here in the South San Francisco Bay, we are mobilizing a grassroots network of mothers and other nurturers to push for policies championing renewable energy. Our first campaign, to encourage the San Jose City Council to vote for Community Choice Energy (CCE), was a resounding success. We chose this campaign because adopting a CCE program is the single most effective thing any city can do to dramatically lower its greenhouse gas emissions.
In just three months, our enthusiastic team of mothers and kids mobilized widespread support for CCE by meeting with Councilmembers, giving public comments during Council meetings, publishing letters to the editor in the Mercury News, and delivering over 300 hand-signed postcards in favor of CCE to each Councilmember and Mayor Liccardo. The week after our final postcard delivery, the City Council voted—unanimously—to form San Jose Clean Energy, becoming the largest city in the nation with a CCE program.
We are now promoting San José’s exciting new sustainability program, called Climate-Smart San José. Our team is also focusing on convincing local Assembly Members to vote for SB 100 (the California Clean Energy Act for 100% renewable energy) and lobbying the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) for stricter limits on emissions from Bay Area refineries. We enthusiastically welcome new volunteers to help us with these critical efforts!