Why Did We Write This Report?

The purpose of this indicators report is to increase the understanding of environmental issues among community leaders and decision-makers, residents, and workers in Silicon Valley. We aim to present objective, fact-based information about environmental trends in Silicon Valley to foster more informed decision-making.



PEOPLE NEED BETTER INFORMATION
Studies show that the majority of Americans are supportive of environmental protection, but that two-thirds of Americans lack simple knowledge of key environmental concerns. This gap in understanding makes it more difficult for the public to know what they can do to protect the environment and to support policies addressing tough environmental issues.

A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT IS KEY TO A SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY
Long-term sustainability requires that we meet present needs without compromising the future. This will require that we integrate economic prosperity, environmental protection, and social equity and well-being into every decision we make. All three goals must be achieved to ensure that future generations have the same opportunities to live and prosper that this generation enjoys. Our economic vitality and quality of life are dependent on a healthy, well-functioning environment.

SILICON VALLEY HAS A HISTORY OF INNOVATION
Finding solutions to environmental problems will require the kinds of innovations and breakthroughs for which Silicon Valley is known. With their entrepreneurial spirit and scientific expertise, the people of Silicon Valley can take a leadership role in protecting our planet and safeguarding our children's future.

National Survey
  • Sixty-five percent of Americans believe the economy and the environment can go hand in hand.
  • If a compromise cannot be reached, 69 percent would choose environmental protection over economic development.
  • High levels of environmental knowledge enable people to see more opportunities for compromises and solutions.

Source: National Environmental Education and Training Founation

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