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Chapter Monthly Meeting

July 25, 2022 @ 6:00 PM 7:30 PM UTC-8

Learn How You Can Help Move Your Community to an All-Electric Future

Reach Codes and Municipal Codes Can Phase Out Home Methane Gas Use to Create Healthy Homes, Clean Air, and a Climate-Safe World

Diane Bailey, Executive Director of Menlo Spark, will share the basics of using Reach Codes and Municipal Codes to shift our building infrastructure from dangerous methane gas use to clean electric power. We’ll learn about the importance of our local efforts, what types of reach and municipal codes our local jurisdictions have already adopted to address this issue, and how we can be effective advocates to continue the shift away from methane use in our buildings.   

As we collectively experience the impacts of climate change with more severe drought, wildfires, and extreme weather, it’s important to stay centered on what we can do about it. Electrification dramatically reduces carbon pollution by phasing out the methane gas (aka “natural gas”) used in homes & buildings and the gasoline and diesel fuels used in transportation. 

There’s a big opportunity to make a difference when replacing natural gas water heaters, appliances, and furnaces, by switching to clean electric, zero-emission models. But how can we do that on a citywide scale? Municipal Codes can be used to require clean, pollution-free heating & appliances for replacements (where possible & with some flexibility) alongside “Reach Codes” that have successfully required all-electric new construction. As cities renew their all-electric Reach Codes to synch with the state’s three year code update cycle, they can include provisions to help existing homes and buildings phase out methane gas use. 

To learn more about Reach Codes before the meeting and get the most from Diane’s presentation, check out the  Bay Area Reach Codes site.

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