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

2016 Progress Report to City Council

 

 

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City of Santa Cruz
Climate Action Milestones

Milestones were revised in early 2016 to add more specificity to each target.

Click on each Milestone to view past progress and what's ahead. Milestones with no link are under revision.

2008 is the base year from which all Milestones are based.

 

1. Reduce energy use in municipal buildings 40% by 2020.

2. Expand energy efficiency programs to 30% of homes and businesses by 2020.

3. Increase solar to 5,000 residents, 500 businesses and supply municipal buildings with 33% solar energy by 2020.

4. Partner with UCSC on 25 sustainability and alternative energy research projects by 2020.

5. Ensure the rail corridor supports bike and pedestrian use by 2020 and support establishment of future rail service.

6. Maximize water conservation efforts to achieve the goals recommended by the Water Supply Advisory Com-mittee and accepted by the Council and to meet state mandates.

7. Achieve 75% total waste diversion and maximize organic waste diversion by 2020.

8. Increase bike ridership to 12% of local commutes by 2020.

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

10.Retain 200 certified Santa Cruz Green Businesses within the City through 2020.

11.Maintain and increase the City’s urban tree canopy by 10%

12.Reduce single occupant vehicle commutes 10% by 2020.

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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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Go Solar Santa Cruz! 

Federal Tax Credits were extended through 2019 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 2015, 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  

 

City of Santa Cruz list of actions   Click Here

beacon award

 

IN 2015, THE CITY + UCSC GREENWHARF

PARNTERSHIP WAS AWARDED A GEELA FROM CALEPA!

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Climate Action Logo 2016

Tiffany Wise-West

Sustainability + Climate Action Coordinator
809 Center St, Room 107
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: 831-420-5433
Fax: 831-420-5101
email

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