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November 4, 2014
New Sustainability Programs and Projects Unveiled at Climate Action Summit

Focus on Community Solar, Water Conservation, Renewable Energy and Transportation

Mayor Javier M. Gonzales held Santa Fe’s first-ever Climate Action Summit on Monday, bringing together members of the Climate Action Task force with Councilor Peter Ives, former mayor David Coss, city staff, and clean energy experts to examine the city’s efforts and progress in the areas of water, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and transportation.

During the summit, several new initiatives were announced including, a water conservation program targeted at commercial water users; continued implementation of energy efficiency technologies at city buildings; the installation of additional solar arrays at city facilities; the use of electric vehicles in the city fleet; the pursuit of installation of EV car chargers for the city; and a potential bike sharing pilot program.

Mayor Gonzales also announced the City will soon be issuing an RFP that will look into the options the city has to own, design, install, and administer its own Community Solar program.

“I am deeply committed to the idea that we can and must make sure that Santa Feans have access to affordable, renewable energy, whether they are able to put solar panels on their roofs or not,” stated the mayor. “I want to deliver a community solar program to Santa Feans who are renting homes, low-income home owners, small businesses, and those in historic districts where architectural demands present a challenge to installing solar systems.”

Commenting on the summit, Councilor Peter Ives said, “These initiatives show we are serious about making concrete progress and bringing about meaningful change. The time to act is now, and we’re looking forward to moving these initiatives forward.”

Mayor Gonzales continued, “We can’t wait for others to take action on climate change. We are proud of the work we have done to lead the West in water management and conservation, and installing solar systems to power city facilities such as the Genoveva Chavez Center. But, we’ve got real work to do, and now we have a road map for exactly how to go about it.”

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