Damon Connolly on the Environment

I campaigned on the pledge that Marin County can and must be a leader on the environment in California and nationwide, and that imperative has taken on even more importance with the current administration in Washington, DC.

Leading the Way on Climate Change 

As part of the Board of Supervisors Climate Action Plan (CAP) subcommittee, I’ve spearheaded implementation of the CAP, including securing budget funding and making climate change a key policy priority for the County.

We implemented Drawdown: Marin, a community initiative to reduce carbon emissions that launched with a 400-person kickoff.  Follow-up community forums addressing specific CAP priorities like 100% renewable energy, energy efficiency, food, transportation and community resilience will be held over the next year.

We sued 37 oil and gas corporations for the impacts of sea level rise on our local communities – and are seeking to hold those companies accountable for withholding information about the risks associated with their products.

I also:

  • Spearheaded the County of Marin’s effort to go 100% Deep Green for all of its government accounts through Marin Clean Energy;
  • Led the first Resilient Neighborhoods team at the Civic Center, setting an example of ways in which we can reduce our own carbon footprint through individual action;
  • Made habitat restoration and resilience to sea level rise key priorities.  I championed the McInnis Marsh restoration project in District 1 by securing a $550,000 state grant to bring the project through design and environmental review.

Open Space Preservation

I made preservation of open space and agricultural lands a key priority. I led efforts to secure an agreement with the Silveira family to preserve the Silveira Ranch as agriculture for at least 10 years, paving the way for a permanent solution toward preservation. This land has been threatened with potential development for years and currently serves as an important community separator, view corridor, and tideland habitat associated with the Miller Creek estuary.

Marinwood Plaza

I helped a community-led effort to achieve cleanup of toxics left behind by a former dry cleaning business at the site. This included advocacy before the Regional Water Quality Control Board - the agency with jurisdiction - to keep pressure on those responsible for the cleanup to complete the job. I took an active role throughout the process on behalf of neighborhood interests in mediating between Plaza ownership, the community, and the Regional Water Board.

The stage is now set for Plaza ownership to pursue a buyer of the property with the goal of transitioning it from an underutilized shopping center into a valued part of the Marinwood community that fulfills the property’s great potential. I will continue to be a leader on efforts to ensure that the community is involved and has a voice on any proposals that come forward.

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