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San Jose Announces Nation's First Citywide Zero Emission Plan

"We can become a zero-waste city. There are things we can do here that no other city in the country can do because we're the center of innovation."

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Municipalities Vision to Save the Environment

San Jose's Green Vision is focused around three elements -- Clean Tech Innovation, Sustainability, and Green Mobility San Jose's Mayor Chuck Reed says he wants San Jose to be the greenest and most eco-friendly city in the nation and has released his 15 year vision for doing that.

San Jose is America's 10th largest city, a city just shy of one million residents, plus a mayor with a vision to save the environment.

"We can become a zero-waste city. There are things we can do here that no other city in the country can do because we're the center of innovation," said Mayor Reed. "A Green Vision is a roadmap for San Jose to become the world center of clean tech innovation." The goal is to have the green vision plan working by 2022.

Reed's green vision entails initiatives in the three areas of clean tech innovation, sustainability and green mobility.

Cleantech Jobs in Solar Industry

And as a result of these efforts to go green, Mayor Reed is pushing to create 25,000 cleantech jobs, mostly in the solar industry. Reed believes funding will come from private investors, partnerships and some federal monies. A tough job, but someone has to try.

"When President Kennedy said 'We're going to the moon', there was a lot of technology that had to be created. That's what we do here in Silicon Valley, we invent things, we innovate, we create," said Mayor Reed.

SOURCE: ABC Local: San Jose Announces Nation's First Zero Emission Plan

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San José has a world-renowned quality of life, offering a wide variety of exciting cultural, recreational, educational and entertainment opportunities. In addition, the City of San José has the nation's best public safety record of any metropolitan area, a marvelous ethnic diversity and a beautiful climate.

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