San Jose: : San José’s Environmental Services Department Director and Chief Sustainability Officer Kerrie Romanow Recognized as Climate Leader
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~ Kerrie Romanow, San José's Environmental Services Department director and chief sustainability officer, was recently recognized for her exemplary work in developing and leading the implementation of Climate Smart San José (CSSJ), one of the City's plans for reaching the Paris Agreement's greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.

Yesterday, at its 12th annual Climate Leadership Awards ceremony, The Climate Registry (TCR) presented a Climate Leadership Award to Ms. Romanow.

San José City Manager Jennifer Maguire praised Ms. Romanow's leadership in developing and leading the implementation of CSSJ. "San José is at the forefront of setting and achieving environmental targets alongside our community and stakeholders, and many City departments, programs and services have heeded the call," said Maguire. "Kerrie has been unwavering in leading our City towards achieving critical climate goals."

Mayor Matt Mahan also commended Ms. Romanow for her efforts in combating climate change. "Kerrie Romanow's leadership in developing Climate Smart San José has propelled our City to the forefront of the fight against climate change," said Mahan. "But an ambitious plan is just a nice idea without real-world execution, which is why I'm especially grateful for Kerrie's leadership and the City team for dedicating every day to following through on our big goals."

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Ms. Romanow expressed her gratitude for being recognized with this award as it acknowledges not only her efforts but also those of all those who have contributed to making CSSJ a success. "This Climate Leadership award is for the many partners including our residents, San José City Council, City department heads and staff, philanthropic organizations, non-profits and businesses who shaped and realized our bold Climate Smart San José Plan," said Ms. Romanow. "I'm thankful for this accolade because it recognizes the San José community who understood the urgency of climate change, believed that we can together combat climate change and make a difference."

Ms. Romanow has led several initiatives to meet CSSJ goals including launching San José Clean Energy; establishing Building Electrification Reach Code; adopting a carbon neutrality goal for 2030; accepting final draft Natural Working Lands Element; among others.

Amy Holm, executive director of The Climate Registry congratulated Ms. Romanow on winning this award saying: "Congratulations to the 2023 Climate Leadership Award (Individual Category) winner Kerrie Romanow for her stand-out achievements," said Holm."At a time when the world urgently needs more climate ambition, Ms. Romanow demonstrates what is possible."

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The awards ceremony took place during The Climate Leadership Conference 2023 which brought together leaders from business, government academia and nonprofit community to address climate change through policy innovation and business solutions..

San Jose is one of America's most diverse large cities with over one million residents located in Northern California as well as being home to some of world's largest technology companies making it an ideal location to lead initiatives such as CSSJ which are aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions while also improving health environment and economy within its borders .

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