Residents generate pollution from antiquated inefficient fire appliances (logs, charcoal). Fireplaces generate 40% of winter's particulate matter smog.
Tell us more about your climate strategy or solution (500 words)
This initiative would improve our health by not breathing toxic particulate fumes and reduce climate change. Our power is presently <50% renewable energy, the rest generates pollution or environment damage.
Sunnyvale's toxin-polluting, inefficient, wood, coal fireplaces and barbecues average 60,000 BTUs/hour. They drive toxins into our congested neighborhoods' houses.
power plant inefficiency reference: https://www.brighthubengineering.com/power-plants/72369-compare-the-efficiency-of-different-power-plants/
Describe how your solution could be a game-changer for your selected Opportunity Area (100 words)
Reduce air's particulate matter and the toxins we breath.
Explain how your idea would be implemented in Sunnyvale (700 words)
This initiative improves our health by reducing toxic fumes. It reduces climate change and pollution.
1) Prohibit all open wood burning and non-circulating gas fireplaces.
Remove all open smoggy 10% efficient open-fireplaces and replace with modern sealed >80% energy efficient Fireplace Inserts. Phase in construction updates. All fireplaces need to be upgraded with sealed inserts or have them removed and face sealed-off to prevent use.
2) We live too close to each other and must not be forced to breath neighbors' toxic fumes.
Prohibit sale or on-line delivery of outdoor barbecues, coal, firewood, propane gas appliances and accessories.
3) Enhance Sunnyvale’s Access web application to alerts enforcement of toxic discharge.
4) Eliminate all manual pilot light gas thermal appliances, only allow auto-ignite devices. During PGE maintenance or emergency events gas service can be disrupted with minimal effort.
5) Require each home have a gas leak and earthquake detector, shutoff and FD hard-wired alarm.
5) Prohibit the local sales or on-line delivery of any products not in this climate change proposal.
6) Ship all replaced items to infrastructure deficient countries.
What kind of impact will your idea have? (250 words)
1) Substantially reduce GHG, smog, pollution and related lung-health issues.
2) Reduce risk of apartment, home and business fires from innefficient open fire appliances.
3) Reduce Residence's fire insurance premiums.
4) Reduce our Fire Department’s work risk and injuries
5) See SV Climate Evaluation Image
6) Receive a substantial state grant/credit for pollution reduction
Scale: Describe how your idea could reach a significant number of people affected. (250 words)
Implement City wide. Inform all residents in their Utilities bill of the pending pollution efficiency regulations. Define transition timeline to expedite updates. Provide a subset list of licensed Sunnyvale contractors that can perform required upgrades.
Feasibility: Where are you with understanding the feasibility of your idea? Describe what you’ve done so far and your plans. (500 words)
100% feasible. Civic leadership makes a strong community investment that dramatically lowers GHG for California's future.
As you consider your next steps, what kinds of help could you use? Is there a type of expertise that would be most helpful? (300 words)
Develop retroactive house code requirement for cleaner burning.
Develop S.V. webpages that educates and informs public on above required conservation changes.
Update Access webpage for Residences to alert Sunnyvale Enforcement
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No, please do not share my contact information
3 evaluations so far
1. From a range of 1-5, how interested/compelled are you to bring this idea into your own life or into the city?
1 - Not Interested - 66.7%
2 - 33.3%
3 - 0%
4 - 0%
5 - Very interested - 0%
2. From a range of 1-5, does this idea provide benefits aside from reducing carbon emissions?
1 - Low co-benefits - 33.3%
2 - 0%
3 - 33.3%
4 - 33.3%
5 - High co-benefits - 0%
3. From a scale of 1-5, what do you feel is the feasibility of this idea to work well in Sunnyvale?
1 - Not feasible - 66.7%
2 - 33.3%
3 - 0%
4 - 0%
5 - Very feasible - 0%
4. From a range of 1-5, what is your hunch about how much this idea will cost the Sunnyvale community to implement properly?