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Monitor Notes: Transformation Action, Candidate Forums, Building Decarbonization


Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.


In Case You Missed It: Cooling It

It’s late summer, and across the Bay Area, the heat has been building, prompting many residents to turn on their air conditioning – if they have it. Knowing that climate change is responsible for warmer summers, it seems counterproductive to add more and more air conditioners powered by energy from fossil fuels to keep us cool — and many residents don’t have the resources to spend on air conditioners at all — but what other recourse do we have to keep homes livable in an increasingly hotter Bay Area?

Read more from Leslie Stewart at the Bay Area Monitor.


Transformation Action Plan
Friday September 23rd, 12pm

This week marks the one year anniversary of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s adoption of the ambitious Transformation Action Plan for the Bay Area. The plan set ambitious targets for Bay Area transit agencies to integrate fares, wayfinding, and service; it also kicked off initiatives to address long term governance and funding issues that have held the region’s transit system back for decades.

How has plan implementation been going in year one? What’s on track and what has stalled? Join Seamless Bay Area to discuss how advocates can support the continued implementation of the Transformation Action Plan at this critical juncture.

Register for the event here.


Virtual Candidate Forums
Thursday, September 29th, 5pm

The League of Women Voters of Fremont, Newark and Union City encourages voters to attend a series of 13 virtual forums featuring candidates for mayors, city councils, school boards, BART Director, Assembly and Senate districts in the Tri-City area.  It’s an excellent chance to get to know the candidates who are up for election in November so voters can make informed choices. Candidates will articulate their platforms, answer questions, and sum up at the end of the session.  Attendees will be able to submit their questions prior to the event.

Schedule of all forums, plus information on how to register and attend, can be found here.


Gamechanger: Building Decarbonization
Wednesday, October 12th, 11am 

The vast majority of buildings that we will use in the coming decades are already built and account for roughly 39% of the carbon footprint as well as other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We cannot address our climate crisis without tackling improved efficiency and electrification of existing buildings. But how? This session will feature presenters who are advancing codes and policies that will effectively decarbonize existing buildings and bring us the scale we seek.

Register for the webinar here.


Roadmap to Voting
Thursday, September 15th, 4-5:30pm

Hidden Heroes of the Greenbelt is a benefit for Greenbelt Alliance that honors local climate champions who have been engaged in extraordinary work at the intersection of land use and climate change here in the Bay Area.

Join Greenbelt Alliance next Thursday as they show 3 short films highlighting the work of this year’s Heroes of the Greenbelt: Christine Reed, Fire Marshall and Battalion Chief at Central County Fire Department, Erin Morris, Director of Community Development at the City of Vacaville, and Hoi-Fei Mok, Sustainability Manager at the City of San Leandro.

Register for the video screening here.


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