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Cool Block Expands, Seeks New Block Leaders

Cool Block Expands, Seeks New Block Leaders

You can lower your carbon footprint, get to know your neighbors and reinvent our City starting in your very own neighborhood at the next Cool Block Palo Alto meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m. in the Lucie Stern Community Room.

By thinking outside the box and developing a block-by-block citizen engagement program, residents participating in the Cool Block have been able to adopt more environmentally sustainable lifestyles, become more disaster resilient, and strengthen the livability and social fabric of their blocks. Your neighborhood could be next as the non-profit Cool Block Program, in partnership with the City of Palo Alto, looks for new block leaders to begin its next chapter in Palo Alto.

Since it first began in Palo Alto in 2016, more than 30 blocks have participated in two pilot programs, achieving a 30 percent carbon reduction per household on average, as well as getting residents to complete emergency prep work in their own households and their apartment buildings or neighborhood blocks. The final Cool Block Pilot will continue to refine the program while building a strategy to eventually scale the program to 375 blocks over three years.

Through this next phase of the Cool Block partnership agreement, the City plans to progress a comprehensive program that connects residents with City priorities for building and strengthening the community. City departments such as the Office of Emergency Services, Utilities, Zero Waste, and Community Services are already advancing their work through the Cool Block program and look forward to further growth opportunities as the program expands.

Cool Block participants achieve their personal preparedness, carbon footprint reduction and community goals by selecting  from 112 so-called "action recipes" that include measures such as using less hot water, making their homes and appliances more energy efficient, eating less meat, storing sufficient emergency food and water, identifying and helping vulnerable neighbors, locating emergency resources on the block such as  generators, chainsaws, and first aid skills,and addressing neighborhood traffic or safety concerns.

Cool Block leaders and participants typically have one or more of the following interests or attributes:

● Passionate about one or more program areas such as emergency preparation, carbon reduction, community building

● Interested to get to know neighbors better

● Looking for a way to make a difference in the community

● Seeking ways to enhance their effectiveness for other programs they participate in such as Zero Waste

● High school sophomores or juniors looking for an engaging and compelling community service

Come take the first step to address climate change, emergency prep, and community building by attending the meeting. You can RSVP  here.


Last Updated: November 26, 2018