The Hillside Club Fireside meetings, held on the first Monday of most months* are a good way to see the club and get to know the members. The meetings begin with Club business at 7:00pm, followed by a speaker at 7:30pm. Club members, our neighbors, and the general public are encouraged to attend.
We hope to see you there.
*(January, February, March, April, June, October, November)
F I R E S I D E M E E T I N G
Monday, February 1st • 7:30 pm
open to the public - admission is free
“What the Paris Agreement Means for the Climate, and What the Climate Means for the Drought."
Presenter Andy Katz
The delegate representing The Sierra Club to the recent Paris Climate Convention is our next Fireside speaker, Andy Katz. We thought it important to continue this timely climate conversation from our January Fireside. His talk will reflect on the Paris Agreement adopted during the recent climate negotiations, in addition to an important community update on the drought emergency. Andy will outline what the milestone agreement represents for facilitating international collaboration, where it falls short, and how the new momentum can build on this groundwork for the ambitious action needed to protect our climate. As our elected representative to the EBMUD Board of Directors, Andy will also address how our regional water utility has prepared for drought through robust conservation and efficiency programs and strategic acquisition of supplemental supplies. If the two months left in the rainy season don’t end this five-year drought, what happens next for ensuring a reliable water supply and the sustainability of our natural resources? You and your friends are welcome to attend this timely talk.
Andy Katz is an environmental and workers’ rights attorney, and is a former Chair of Sierra Club California. J Prior to his election to the EBMUDC Board in 2006, he served for five years as a member of the City of Berkeley Zoning Adjustments Board. He represents Ward 4, which includes Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville Kensington and North Oakland.
He has supported EBMUDS efforts to expand water conservation programs and double recycled water projects, protect water quality, and expand efforts to protect our climate, including solar energy and converting food scraps into renewable energy. As a public health advocate, he worked to pass and implement AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act, and is a member of the Alameda County Community Choice Energy Steering Committee, working to develop an accelerated clean energy jobs plan for Alameda County.