Sonoma County seeks regional climate-change effort

Ex-Sebastopol executive coordinating programs on greenhouse-gas cuts

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SANTA ROSA - Former Sebastopol City Manager David Brennan has assumed a new role as the regional climate protection coordinator with the Sonoma County Transportation Authority.

His task is to work with the local leadership of the cities, county, SCTA, the Sonoma County Water Agency, local nonprofits and others to define roles, develop partnerships, coordinate policy development and to leverage shared resources.

The goal of the Regional Climate Protection Coordination Program is to organize and focus countywide efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Sonoma County to 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2015 and to ensure that local goals are in line with those mandated by AB 32 and SB 375.

"All of these entities have been reviewing the various federal stimulus programs and legislative bills to see how these resources can be brought to Sonoma County to help achieve its objectives. Until recently, each organization has been acting independently, but now there is recognition that increased coordination will result in greater efficiencies and regional benefits," said Mr. Brennan, who was appointed to the position last spring.

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