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Redwood City Community Discussion on Potential "Green Building" Ordinance

Redwood City , CA – August 1, 2008 - Redwood City has scheduled a public workshop to discuss apossible "green building" ordinance for the City. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, August 20, 2008, beginning at 6:30 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall located at 1017 Middlefield Road in Redwood City.

Interested members of the community are encouraged to attend and participate. A special invitation is offered to local builders, architects, and developers, as professional experience and knowledge will be most helpful in this discussion.

A green building ordinance would create the opportunity for new buildings to incorporate more environmentally friendly and energy-efficient design, construction, materials, and operation. This could be accomplished with an ordinance containing building construction guidelines for human and environmental health, including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

This workshop is a continuation of green building discussions that have occurred over the past few months. This event will specifically help the City to take the next steps in the development of a green building ordinance. City staff will present an overview of information that has been gained so far, including state and local green building activity, examples of some typical green building standards, experience from other cities, cost elements involved, incentives, rebates, and more. Refreshments will be provided.

A green building ordinance in Redwood City would be consistent with the City’s signing of the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, and its ongoing Environmental Initiatives, which are both efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency throughout the City. Redwood City has been implementing energy-saving measures for a number of years, including purchase of a hybrid vehicle fleet, retrofitting traffic signals with LEDs, our recycled water project and water conservation project, toilet replacement program, transit-oriented development policies, and widespread tree planting efforts.

Redwood City is also in the process of developing a new General Plan, and in the course of community workshops on that issue there has been widespread comment supporting the development of a green building ordinance. The General Plan will likely include policies for sustainability, and a green building ordinance would be one way of implementing those policies.

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John LaTorra
Community Development Services
(650) 780–7360

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