Community-wide Action Driving Climate Smart San Jose Plan: SDG Compact aims to mobilize bold progress towards low-carbon future

25 April 2018 – San Jose, California – Leaders from across sectors in San Jose, CA have joined forces to create the Climate Smart San Jose SDG Compact, which will connect and mobilize various groups in the community towards implementation of the Climate Smart San Jose Plan. The San Jose City Council approved the plan on 27 February 2018 as a roadmap for how the community can rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in alignment with Paris Climate Treaty and the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while also accelerating economic growth through market-driven solutions that involve all people living in San Jose.

Today, business and civic leaders joined the City of San Jose to mobilize community action campaigns, where everyone can take bold action. This includes drastically increasing our investment in renewable energy, dramatically reducing car emissions, and making huge increases in energy efficiency all while promoting culturally vibrant communities

The Climate Smart San Jose SDG Compact brings together the City of San Jose, civil society, the public and private sectors, community foundations, and academic institutions to accelerate measurable progress in achieving the targets identified in the Climate Smart San Jose plan. SDG Compacts are “mutual accountability mechanisms” designed to help cities and local governments generate political will, mobilize resources, establish local reporting platforms, and validate local progress in support of the SDGs. The Climate Smart San Jose SDG Compact will be led by a Rapid Action Team (RATE) and coordinated by the City of San Jose’s Department of Environmental Services, Stanford University Sustainable Urban Systems Initiative, Global Development Incubator (GDI), and other partners (see annex for details).

Kerrie Romanow, Chief Sustainability Officer & Director, Department of Environmental Services, City of San Jose stated:

“We need everyone in the San Jose community to join forces and focus on bold action to achieve specific targets over the next two years and beyond. We need an aggressive community campaign to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, expand solar energy, reduce driving time from home to work, and to protect our fragile water supply.”

Derek Ouyang, Lecturer, Stanford University Sustainable Urban Systems, stated:

“My colleagues and I at Stanford are pleased to support the use of data, innovation, and technology to help San Jose lead the way to greenhouse gas reductions and sustainable development. We are harnessing the digital and data revolution to help San Jose and all of the cities in Silicon Valley to accelerate action to achieve these urgent goals.”

Dr. Paul Zeitz, Co-Founder, SDG Compacts & Sustainable Development Games, stated:

“Congratulations to Mayor Liccardo and the people of San Jose for mobilizing in support of the Climate Smart San Jose SDG Compact. We believe that your leadership is creating a model that will improve the lives of everyone here in San Jose, but also will set the bar high and spark momentum for Silicon Valley, California, the nation, and the world.”


Annex: Initial Coordinating Partners

Department of Environmental Services, City of San Jose will serve as the city government responsible for overseeing the Silicon Valley SDG Compact with responsibility for leading the implementation of the Climate Smart San Jose Plan

Stanford University Stanford Sustainable Urban Systems (SUS) will serve as a long-term academic partner to the City of San Jose in its SDG Compacts. SUS's commitments include the development and maintenance of a Climate Smart & Sustainable Development Local Reporting Platform.

Global Development Incubator, will provide catalytic support to implement the San Jose SDG Compact and link these local efforts to other US and global cities for learning.