San Jose Councilman talks about San Jose’s plans for becoming energy independent.
Led by Mayor Chuck Reed, San Jose, CA is working toward a 15-year plan to Go Green and become energy independent with the design to also grow the local economy in the process. The unique plan is focused on three main elements: Clean Tech Innovation, Sustainability, and Green Mobility.
San Jose’s Green Vision includes:
1. increasing trail connectivity for alternate transportation
2. converting all public fleet vehicles to alternate fuel
3. planting 100,000 new trees
4. converting all street lights to zero-emission lighting
5. recycling or reusing 100% of our waste water.
6. getting 100% of it’s power from renewable sources
7. divert waste from our landfills
8. adopt a plan for sustainable development
One key challenge the mayor set forth, is for local solar companies to come up with creative financing so San Jose residents can install photovoltaic systems on their homes. The intention is obvious; to help the local businesses grow and decrease energy consumption in San Jose’s neighborhoods. The mayor even put solar cells on his own home just this past month.
Local students at Santa Clara University and California College of the Arts are creating excitement about green and sustainable building too by building their very own Refract House, a Zero-Energy Home. It is obvious this topic is on the top of the minds of tomorrow’s leaders, so it is great to see our local leadership today making goals and progress toward a green and more sustainable future as well.
Green is not just a fad, it’s a new way of living that we are seeing more and more apparent in the homes we sell in Silicon Valley. Energy consumption and sustainable materials are a concern for many of my clients and friends and family.
To learn more about green living in a home you are looking to buy or sell, talk to a certified EcoBroker.