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San Luis Obispo to reach 70% of its carbon neutrality plan on its own

Posted at 11:32 PM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-03 10:48:43-05

The City of San Luis Obispo says it can reach 70% of its net-zero goal on its own by 2035.

According to Mayor Heidi Harmon, the city will need help to reach the remainder of the goal.

"We are counting on state and federal partners to step up and join us in this important effort and that's going to get us all across the finish line" said Harmon.

Harmon says that help at the state and federal level should not only come from a financial stand point, but also as support for the efforts through new programs that help move the entire state towards reaching carbon neutrality.

In order to reach its ambitious goal, San Luis Obispo will take various approaches through city leadership, clean energy, green buildings, connected community, circular economy, and natural solutions.

The city will also look at using open space in a different way.

"We have a really unique opportunity to use the soil and the trees and the relationship between the two and the animals to create a mechanism for grabbing some of that carbon out of the air and putting it back on the ground" said Harmon.

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