In September, the Town Council of Portola Valley unanimously approved a resolution to sign the U.S Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.
The agreement commits Portola Valley to meet or beat the greenhouse gas emission reduction goals of the Kyoto Protocol -- lower emissions to 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012 -- through methods such as land-use policies, tree canopy protection and outreach campaigns.
Participating town officials are also supposed to encourage state and federal governments to adopt emission reduction practices as if the United States had signed the Kyoto Protocol, and urge Congress to show bipartisanship and establish an emission trading system for the nation.
At this week's meeting, the Portola Valley Town Council is expected to formally name some 20 to 25 community members to an in-town Climate Protection Task Force.
Informally, the task force has set up a web site at Cool PV (Web Link) and is investigating ways to set benchmarks, conserve energy in homes, buildings and transportation, and educate the community on the topic.
Meanwhile, the City Council of Atherton -- in a 2-2 tie with Councilwoman Kathy McKeithen absent -- voted Nov. 15 not to sign the U.S. Mayors Agreement as proposed by Mayor Charles Marsala.
Feel-good measures are to be avoided, said Councilman Jerry Carlson, who opposed the resolution.
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