It adds another dimension to the city's effort to reduce greenhouse gases and it leverages valuable city dollars without taking staff time away from important efforts. It adds 2 percent or 3 percent to electric and gas rates, thereby improving the cost-effectiveness of energy efficiency projects.
For under $1,700 per month the city takes financial responsibility for its share of electric and natural gas-related climate protection costs instead of just talking about it. All the money collected by the nonprofit program is spent on greenhouse gas reduction activities, starting with forest preservation and dairy methane-capture projects, which produce the biggest carbon offset bang for the buck.
By its timely action the city took advantage of Climate Smart's free offer of $15,000 worth of marketing various emission-reduction opportunities to the residents and businesses.
Pope Street, Menlo Park
Climate Smart participant