what we do
A City Team is a coalition of residents in a city who work together and with community allies to support local solutions to the climate crisis.
A City Team can engage in any number of actions to support strong local climate action. Typically, a City Team focuses on one or two major campaigns at a time, which could span in length from several months to a year or more.
Electrification Policy Campaign: Advocacy campaign for passage of strong building codes for electrifying existing buildings, and/or to support successful implementation of the recently passed Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) Rules related to building electrification.
Electrification Education Campaign: Educate the community regarding building electrification to support residents in preparing to make the switch to all-electric homes, and to encourage residents’ support of strong electrification policies.
Green the Fleet: Advocacy campaign to influence the City to electrify its vehicle fleet.
Gas Station Ban: Advocacy campaign for an ordinance that bans new gas stations within your city.
Declare a Climate Emergency: Influence your city to pass a resolution declaring a climate emergency.
ESG Investment Policy: Encourage your City to adopt an ESG investment policy.
Plastics Ban: Advocacy campaign for passage of an ordinance that bans single use plastics, plastic bags and/or styrofoam and expanded polystyrene.
Bike/Pedestrian Improvements: Advocacy campaign to add bike lanes and pedestrian improvements, which helps take polluting cars off the road, and/or enactment of an eBike loaner program.
Response Team for Other Sustainability Policies: Coordinate providing your Team’s input to the City with respect to important sustainability-related items arise on the City Council and relevant Commission agendas throughout the year.
why we do it
Powerful levers of change exist at the local level.
City governments have substantial authority to fight climate change through building codes and ordinances, infrastructure investments, and fossil fuel divestment. But governments are not the only relevant local institutions—for example, City Teams may organize climate education assemblies for local schools or sponsor speakers at community events. Locally-focused teams build constructive partnerships and a sense of community.
our city teams
The Menlo Park City team is focused on ensuring the successful implementation of the Menlo Park Climate Action Plan and is working to eliminate the use of fossil gas and fossil fuels in Menlo Park, as well as support a transition to electric vehicles while reducing miles traveled.
Our mission is to support local solutions to the climate crisis that protect the health and economic vitality of the San Mateo community and promote equity for all.
We educate and organize the residents of Palo Alto to advocate for robust climate policy decisions at the City and regional level. We also provide education on ways to take action at the personal level to protect Earth's climate. Learn more about our team or our current Switch to Electric campaign here.