Secretary Ross discusses importance of upcoming Global Climate Action Summit and Sustainability Roadmap

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross joined other participants yesterday at AT&T Park in San Francisco to brief reporters on next month’s Global Climate Action Summit, and to release a Sustainability Roadmapfor the event. The Roadmap lays out a plan to reduce the environmental impact of the Summit event, and to build a legacy of sustainability at event venues throughout the city of San Francisco and for future global conferences.

In addition to transit and energy goals, the Summit will source at least 75 percent of food for the event from within 200 miles of San Francisco, and it will target an 85 percent diversion of event-related waste from landfills. The diversions will include food recovery and composting, which ties into CDFA’s work in healthy soils to store carbon. These steps also help with drought resiliency and addressing food security for a fast growing world population in a changing climate. The Roadmap was modeled after the Sustainability Roadmap for the London 2012 Olympics, and this one goes a step further by adding a metrics and accountability platform. It will be a model for future global events.

The Global Climate Action Summit will bring people together from around the world to discuss the extraordinary commitments of states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens with respect to climate action.

In her remarks yesterday, Secretary Ross noted the great benefit of hosting the Summit in California, the leading agricultural state in nation with a remarkable bounty of diverse and nutritious food that helps to feed the world and is reliant upon effective climate action steps. The Summit is scheduled from September 12-September 14 in San Francisco.