Description: The Cool Block program (previously piloted in the California cities of Los Angeles, Palo Alto, and San Francisco) engages teams of neighbors living on a block (or in an apartment building) to reduce their carbon footprint by selecting from 112 “action recipes,” e.g., using less hot water, making their homes and appliances more energy efficient, eating less meat, storing sufficient emergency food and water. The final Cool Block Pilot will continue to refine the program while building a strategy to eventually scale the program to 375 blocks over three years.
Goal: Cool Block program: Enroll residents in program to reduce CO2 in their neighborhoods
Measurement: Percent decline in CO2 produced per year per 1000 residents
Time to Implement: Experience in Palo Alto pilot: two years to engage 30+ blocks, achieve 30% carbon reduction per household on average
Description of the pilot program in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Palo Alto
Palo Alto Cool Block Program: Frequently Asked Questions
Cool Blocks LA
This is likely to work best where the local government has resources to engage and train community leaders and support residents in taking action in homes, apartment buildings, and neighborhood blocks.
Cool Block Program and Cool City Challenge
The Cool Block Video Tour
UN Cool Block Initiative
Cool Block Santa Clara County (Facebook)