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City hosts 'Cool Block' training in local battle against climate change

 
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The city of Mountain View is inviting residents interested in hyperlocal efforts to battle climate change and prepare for disasters to attend the "Cool Block" training session on Sunday, Feb. 23.

The program, a three-year pilot, is billed as an attempt to address climate change "one block at a time," and is intended to build off of the success of existing neighborhood watch groups and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) programs. The goal is to bring down carbon emissions and water usage on a neighborhood block-by-block level while creating a "healthier, happier, resilient, and more environmentally aware community," according to the city website.

The efforts will be led by individual "block leaders" who receive full-day training by the city on how to roll out the Cool Block program. Block leaders will hold biweekly meetings with nearby residents over four to six months, covering ways to reduce carbon footprints, conserve water and prepare for disasters. Progress will be mapped on a web-based tracking system to show the cumulative effect of the program.

The next block leader training will be held on Sunday in the Mountain View Community Center's Elm Room from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Anyone interested in becoming a block leader who did not attend prior information sessions on the Cool Block program is asked to email sustainability@mountainview.gov.

The Cool Block program is one part of Mountain View's larger sustainability efforts, and has a $250,000 budget. Half of those costs are being covered by Santa Clara County, which approved $125,000 in matching funds last year to kick off the effort. The goal is to recruit 25 block leaders to help reduce carbon emissions by 25% per household and ensure each participant has assembled an emergency kit. As of Feb. 18, 17 people have signed up, according to city officials.

More information can be found online at collaborate.mountainview.gov/cool-block.

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