On a rainy and dark Monday evening of 14th January, 26 residents braved the weather to gather at the Cambrian Branch Library on Hillsdale Ave in San Jose for an informational workshop hosted by Mothers Out Front.
After registration and snacks, the attendees sat down to listen to three dynamic and passionate speakers.
Kate Ziemba from San Jose Clean Energy described the ins and outs of San Jose’s new Community Choice Energy program. She explained the benefits of SJCE—including lower cost, local control, and clean energy sources—and the three options that residents will have when the program begins its roll-out next month.
Steve Schmidt, founder and COO of Home Energy Analytics, presented data on the ways in which homeowners and renters can reduce their energy use. The attendees learned that his no-cost home Intel program helps residents find simple ways to reduce energy consumption and decarbonize their lifestyles through electrification.
Alice Kaufman of the Committee for Green Foothills gave a comprehensive background about Coyote Valley, 7000+ acres of natural and working lands in south San Jose that is slated for industrial development. She explained the importance of protecting Coyote Valley to prevent flooding, increase climate resilience by absorbing carbon, avoid urban sprawl and added emissions, and provide an essential corridor for wildlife to travel from the now-isolated Santa Cruz Mountains to the Diablo Range and beyond.
“It was energizing to receive so much new information, and to leave with concrete, doable actions we can take to help, both as individuals and as a community, to ensure a livable climate for all children.” Said Susan Butler-Graham on of the attendees of the event and a volunteer at Mothers Out Front.