Board Adopts Climate Emergency Declaration; Youth Summit Planned as Part of Further Focus

On Feb. 6, the VTA Board took a historic step by approving a Declaration of Climate Emergency that emphasizes the organization’s ongoing work to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions and reduce congestion. VTA is one of the first transit agencies in the country to make such a declaration. This action reasserts the commitment to developing VTA’s Climate Action Plan. 

As an added focus on this critical issue, General Manager Nuria Fernandez announced VTA is planning a summit which will engage youth from throughout Santa Clara County in transportation advocacy efforts to sustain our planet.

“We want to engage the energy and passion we have seen from those championing this declaration at our meetings in our fight against climate change,” said Fernandez.

Partners who have committed to this event so far include the Silicon Valley Youth Climate Action, The Mineta Transportation Institute, and the offices of Board Member Dave Cortese and Board Chair and President of the Board of Supervisors Cindy Chavez.

In the coming weeks, VTA staff will reach out to members of the public who advocated for this resolution, as well as thought leaders, educators and researchers who are passionate advocates for the planet. Together, VTA’s work on Climate Change will continue, creating actionable outcomes with our local city partners and the County of Santa Clara.

Read the full resolution

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