Climate Action Program

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 City Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal:

Reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2020 and 80% by 2050 (compared to 1990 levels).

 2012 March Newsletter

   

FOLLOW OUR PROGRESS:


2013 Progress Report to City Council

2014 Progress Report to City Council

2015 Progress Report to City Council 

 

 

 

ON APRIL 7, 2015 CITY COUNCIL HELD A SPECIAL STUDY SESSION TO REVIEW THE STATUS OF THE CLIMATE ACTION PLAN AND ALL ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS THE CITY IS IMPLEMENTING

Read the Staff Report for that Special Session

Review the Slide Deck for that Special Session

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2015 is the year to Go Solar Santa Cruz! 

Federal Tax Credits expire at the end of 2016 so now is the time to go solar!

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Use our EnergySage solar marketplace and decision making guides!

New residential and commercial solar PV resource materials available here! 

 

 

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Beacon Award

 

The Beacon Program honors local governments’ voluntary efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy and adopt policies and programs that promote sustainability. It also provides a framework to share best practices that create healthier, more efficient and vibrant communities and provides a comprehensive picture of local leadership to address climate change throughout the state of California.

 

The Beacon Program focuses on five areas of accomplishment.

  • Agency greenhouse gas emission reduction
  • Community greenhouse gas emission reduction
  • Energy savings
  • Natural gas savings
  • Sustainability best practices activities

 

In October, Santa Cruz was awarded three Beacon spotlight awards for

Agency Energy Savings                 Gold

Greenhouse Gas Reductions      Gold

Best Practice Activities                Platinum

 

Link to award winners   http://www.ca-ilg.org/sites/main/files/file-attachments/ilg_beacon_winners_2015_3.pdf

 

City of Santa Cruz list of actions   Click Here

 

IN 2015, THE CITY + UCSC GREENWHARF

PARNTERSHIP WAS AWARDED A GEELA FROM CALEPA!

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City of Santa Cruz 
Climate Action Milestones

 

NEW!  Check out our new Fact Sheets for each Climate Action Milestone below!

1.    Reduce Energy Use in Municipal Buildings by another 40%.

2.     Expand energy efficiency programs to 50% of all homes by 2020.

3.    Increase solar to 5,000 residents and 500 businesses by 2020.

4.    Partner with UCSC on 25 sustainability and alternative energy research projects.

5.    Encourage 20% of City residents to pledge and take action to reduce emissions 30% by 2020.

6.    Ensure the rail corridor provides transit and trail service by 2020.

7.     Maximize water conservation efforts and organic waste diversion by 2020.

8.    Double bike ridership by 2020.

9.    Switch 20% of cars to low-carbon fuels by 2020.

10.    Certify another 250 Santa Cruz Green Businesses by 2020.

11.    Double tree planting and expand Shop Local programs by 2020.

12.    Reduce within-town car trips and single occupancy vehicle commutes 10% by 2020.

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Ross Clark, Climate Action Coordinator
809 Center St, Room 107
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: 831-420-5113
Fax: 831-420-5101
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