The 2013 First Annual Marin Greenwashing Awards

The 2013 First Annual Marin Greenwashing Awards

Awards for 2013’s greatest “greenwashing” where facts and common sense never stood in the way of flawed high density housing or transit projects. Featuring Plan Bay Area and more… Climate change is a very important matter. We only have limited resources to fight it, so it’s vital that we base our approach on facts. However facts have not got in the way of achieving political outcomes, or inflicting one’s personal vision of high density urbanization. Many of the organizations and individuals receiving awards and nominations have their hearts in the right place and genuinely do seek to preserve the planet. However their use of the facts could be considered misguided, borderline reckless or simply intentionally serving political aims. Over the course of the year Planning for Reality has touched on a number of newsworthy events and has garnered many new readers. At the New Year it seemed appropriate to revisit some of the most spectacular departures from reality that are being used to lead Marin, the entire Bay Area and the planet into dangerous territory. The following awards represent the greatest greenwashing events of 2013:   Greatest Misappropriation of Credit Winner: Plan Bay Area Plan Bay Area was able to get 84% of survey respondents to agree that Plan Bay Area is an important as it reduces greenhouse gases, driving and provides access to housing and transportation… What ABAG and MTC, the creators of Plan Bay Area forgot to mention in their survey was that: Plan Bay Area took credit for policies that were already in place that reduced CO2 emissions to the levels targeted Even without the plan, we have already reached,...