County Community Climate Action Plan
Reduce GHG emissions by 25 percent (1990 levels) by 2015!
green house gas emissions have continued to rise and in order to meet
our goal of a 25 percent reduction (below 1990 levels) we must reduce
emissions by 37 percent or 1.4 million tons.
Plans 4 main solutions;
First: Invest in widespread energy and water efficiency to reduce demand.
2. Smart Transit and Land Use: Shift transportantion from fossil fuel
vehicles to transit, walking, bicycling, and electric vehicles.
3. Power up locally: Invest in Sonoma County renewable energy
sources and jobs.
4. Conserve and Capture: Protect our forests and farmland, sequestor carbon,
and convert waste into energy.
If you would
like to view the entire plan or a summary go to www.coolplan.org
a great plan and is totally obtainable! Everyone needs to hear about this
plan, so spread the word! The Board of Supervisors need to hear about
your support of the SCCCAP, write them a letter!
Water and Climate Project provides education and outreach on how climate
will affect California water supply, along with easy ways to reduce ghg
emissions focused on water use, and efficiency.
can you do about climate change?
Educate yourself about the issue.
2) Make individual choices
3) Talk to people, form a group, join a group, lobby for change!
4) Big Picture Solutions
out this article from the Sacramento Bee on how the bay area is responding
to climate change
bulks up defenses against tide of global warming
By Chris Bowman
Published: Monday, Nov. 24, 2008 | Page 1A
is building a second line of defense against global warming, one that
will prepare the state for a harsher environment while the other continues
to cut climate-changing emissions.
approach acknowledges that rising sea levels, bigger floods, greater loss
of species and other harsh effects of warming are inevitable, if not already
occurring no matter the state's success in slashing greenhouse
pioneering save-the-planet mandates to tighten automobile exhaust limits
and renewable energy standards, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is not loudly
trumpeting these defense moves:
state Transportation Department is proposing to move a 3-mile stretch
of ocean-hugging Highway 1 in Big Sur up to 475 feet inland, to keep ahead
of the accelerating tidal rise and bluff erosion.
wildlife officials are deliberating plans for "triage," to decide
which species should be saved from global warming and which can't be saved.
state's San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission is consulting
with Dutch engineers and holding an international contest to create designs
for flood- resilient buildings.
On Nov. 14,
Schwarzenegger issued an executive order to identify the state's biggest
vulnerabilities to rising sea levels and draft an "adaptation strategy."
State, federal and local managers of transportation, public health, wildlife,
water and power supplies are being tapped for this task, along with business
and public-interest groups.
saying we need to take action today," Anthony Brunello, the state
deputy secretary for climate change, said of the governor's directive.
"We need to figure out what we should be doing."
To that end,
the National Academy of Sciences will be asked to convene an independent
panel of experts. The executive order calls on scientists to forecast
a range of likely scenarios along the coast through the end of the century.
That panel would recommend ways to minimize damage to coastal roads, beaches,
sewage and water treatment plants, wetlands and marine life.
all state agencies are to immediately identify risks and account for them
in planning their public works projects.
projects under way already account for climate change.
$1 billion effort to restore thousands of acres of former Cargill Inc.
salt evaporation ponds to tidal marsh in San Francisco Bay will have levees
to prevent flooding from rising seas anticipated with global warming.
will always have a viable and healthy estuary even as the waters rise,"
said Will Travis, executive director of the Bay Conservation and Development
state water planners are adding an extra foot of water depth in designs
for a weir to control flows important to fish and drinking water quality
in the south Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
this will extend the life of the project," said John Andrews, executive
manager for climate change at the state Department of Water Resources.
the survival of certain plant and animal species threatened by rising
temperatures will present scientific and ethical challenges, said Terry
Root, a Stanford University biologist.
other scientists are urging state and federal wildlife managers to categorize
species according to their ability to withstand warming or migrate to
more hospitable terrain. In some cases, she said, it may become necessary
to move some species to save them.
think I would ever have to say this in my life, but I do think we have
to start prioritizing species," Root said in a September speech at
the state's annual Climate Change Research Conference in Sacramento.
calls such categorizing "triage."
we save this species or do we let this species go?" she said. "It
is not an easy thing to be working on. It's going to be exceedingly painful."
direction; big cost
Some of the
needed changes will be expensive.
yourself about the issue.
change is a very complex topic. The science and politics involved reach
from the North Pole to the car you drive.
Go see "An Inconvenient Truth"- A documentary movie about climate
change featuring Al Gore, who
travels across America describing the threat of global warming and how
to address it. The film starts the weekend of June 2nd and runs through
June 8th at the Rialto theater in Santa Rosa. Visit the information table
on opening weekend sponsored by the Climate Protection Campaign and CCWI.
Community Clean Water Institute, the Climate Protection Campaign, the
Sierra Club, and Solar Sebastopol will have a table in the lobby after
the film, where you can learn more about what we are doing locally to
reduce green house gas emissions and take action, including endorsing
Sonoma's community target for greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 25%
below 1990 levels by 2015. For more information, check www.climatecrisis.net.
For more information
on local showings contact the Rialto Cinemas Lakeside 707-539-9771 at
551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa.
Katrina and Climate Change
are some links to find out more about climate change:
The Climate Protection Campaign's Climate
ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability: Cities
for Climate Protection
Union of Concerned Scientists: About
Make individual choices
are a few effective consumer choices you can make to reduce your use of
fossil fuels: 1) Buy a fuel efficient or hybrid car (the Toyota Prius
gets ~50 mpg), 2) plant a native plant garden instead of a lawn and use
low flow shower heads and toilets, 3) insulate your house better with
double pane windows and buy Energy Star appliances, 4) donate money to
groups like CCWI that work on this issue. OK, that was easy, now check
out the Big Picture Solutions.
Talk to people, form a group, join a group, lobby for change!
2001, two concerned citizens (just like you) decided to get every city
in Sonoma County to pass resolutions to quantify and reduce their greenhouse
gas emissions. You can do the same in your city and county. Once all the
cities had passed the resolution, they approached the regional air quality
district to include them in the regional effort. Citizens can be the wind
driving the ship of government.
Big Picture Solutions
change is a big problem, and here are some big picture solutions, including
Contraction and Convergence, and Individual Emissions Entitlements. Click
Water and Climate Program- Current projects:
(pdf file) to Air District on the overlap of air quality and climate protection.
is working (in partnership with the Sonoma
County Climate Protection Campaign) on a project for the Bay
Area Air Quality Management District to study the overlap of air quality
and climate protection. This is the first time an Air District in California
is directly looking at becoming involved in the issue of climate change.
A press release announcing the project is here.
Picture Solutions: Climate change is a big problem so let's think
Water and Climate Change: Global climate change is one of the greatest
threats to water resources and ecosystems over the next century. Climate
change is expected to impact U.S. water resources and water availability
in the western United States, including the following: decreased snowfall
and snowmelt, a major source of drinking water for much of California;
rising sea levels threatening coastal aquifers and water supplies; increases
in lake and stream temperatures threatening fish, water species, and critical
habitats such as wetlands.
the U.S. population represents approximately 5 percent of the worlds
total, it accounts for over 25 percent of the emissions that cause global
Over the past 3 years, CCWI's work in promoting climate protection at
the local level has resulted in:
- All 9 cities and the County of Sonoma pledging by resolution to quantify
and reduce their GHGs by joining ICLEI's
Cities for Climate Protection Program (R). CCWI staff has also promoted
this program to neighboring cities in Marin County.
- CCWI's intern Jennifer Fuller completed a report on energy efficiency
at wastewater treatment plants. This report "Energy
efficiency in the City of Fortuna's wastewater treatment plant"
was used in the design of the City of Fortuna's new wastewater treatment
plant and analyzes the feasibility of incorporating energy efficiency
into the upgrade of the City of Fortuna's Wastewater Treatment plant,
including an analysis of the City of Santa Rosa's energy efficiency upgrades.
- CCWI's recognition as a finalist in the World Water Action Contest for
working on innovative local solutions to global problems. As a finalist,
CCWI attended the World Water Forum in Kyoto, Japan on March 16-23, 2003
and gave a presentation to a panel of international water experts, regarding
the impacts of water use and wastewater treatment in Sonoma County on
climate change and presented a poster on Water and
Climate. Click here for photos from Japan.
-A Watergy workshop for Sonoma and
Marin water agency staff, municipalities, elected officials and board
members on November 12, 2003. The workshop was cosponsored by Marin Municipal
Water District, Sonoma County Water Agency, City of Santa Rosa Public
Utilities Department, The Alliance to Save Energy, and the Climate Protection
Campaign. Over 30 staff and board members of local water agencies heard
about the ideas of the Watergy Program of the Alliance to Save Energy,
based in Washington, DC.
-A decision by the Bay
Area Air Quality Management District to study the overlap of air quality
and climate protection, the first time a California Air District has looked
directly at the issue of climate change. After
CCWI's 3 years of local advocacy, the Air District created a new Climate
Change Program on June 1, 2005.
-CCWI co-hosted "The Green Room Event" in March 2005 with 30
elected officials from the North Bay. CCWI moderated a discussion of water
and energy issues and ways to network and collaborate, with an appearance
by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
with the Sonoma County Climate Protection
Campaign to promote smart water policies to elected officials, schools,
businesses, and others. CCWI has been encouraging water treatment plants
to incorporate energy efficiency into their operations.
on Sonoma County Climate Protection Efforts:
in Sonoma County set a national precedent in 2002 when Sonoma County and
all nine of its cities pledged by resolution to quantify and reduce the
ghg emissions resulting from their operations. The County adopted a goal
of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent from the year 2000
to 2010, (the target set by the Kyoto Protocol, which has not been ratified
by the U.S. government, is to reduce emissions by 7 percent from 1990
to the City of Santa Rosas
GHG emissions inventory, emissions have increased by 11 percent over
the past nine years. When emissions from the Laguna Wastewater Treatment
Plant are added in, the increase jumps to 40 percent. Energy use around
water was described by City Councilmember Jane Bender as the Citys
largest user of energy. The City is installing new efficient air blowers
at the plant, estimated to use 50 percent less energy than the current
blowers, reduce over 2,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year,
and save more than $400,000 per year.
to assist cities and counties to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions
has resulted in the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's decision
to study the overlap of air quality and climate protection. This is the
first time an Air District in California is directly looking at becoming
involved in the issue of climate change.
8 city GHG report is available at the Climate Protection Campaign website.
It contains an important section on Water
and Wastewater (see below).
most important implication...is that peak supply of water and peak
use of PG&E electricity coincide with the PG&E's highest rates
in summer - the calculated energy cost of water delivery in summer
is $314/MG, while the winter cost is only $127/MG - in other words,
landscape irrigation is very costly."
Sonoma County's 8 city Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory- available
graph shows the Sonoma County Water Agency's energy and water use.
Peaks are the summer months, valleys are the winter.
the analysis in this report the Sonoma County Water Agency can focus its
conservation efforts at the peaks of the graph, where water delivery is
most expensive and also carries the greatest environmental impact.
timeline of climate protection advocacy in the North Bay:
September 2001, Mike Sandler and Ann Hancock discussed ICLEI's Cities
for Climate Protection (R) Program at a Rio+10/Local Agenda 21 Conference
in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ann had worked on the Ecological Footprint, but
was beginning to feel that CO2 was the ultimate ecological indicator.
Mike was certain that his hometown, Sebastopol, would join Cities for
Climate Protection. The Sonoma County Climate Protection Campaign was
September 2001 to July 2002, CCWI worked alongside the Sonoma County Climate
Protection Campaign to introduce ICLEI's Cities for Climate Protection
to local jurisdictions in Sonoma County. The first few meetings were with
Sebastopol Councilmember Sam Spooner, County Public Works Director Ken
Wells, Santa Rosa Councilmember Jane Bender, Petaluma Councilmember Pam
Torliatt, and Supervisor Tim Smith. After approximately 30 meetings, the
program gained momentum, and City Managers and others began to discuss
how this program could be implemented throughout Sonoma County.
2002, newly hired CCWI Program Coordinator Mike Sandler began approaching
decision makers regarding encouraging the Bay Area Air Quality Management
District to assist local jurisdictions in implementing their climate protection
goals. In May 2002, Mike Sandler and Ann Hancock attended a meeting with
all the Mayors in Sonoma County and described the idea of including the
Air District in the climate protection program.
2002 the Sonoma County Mayors' and Council members' Association sent a
letter to the Chair of the Board of the Bay Area Air Quality Management
District encouraging the district to support climate protection.
- Santa Rosa passed a resolution to quantify and reduce its greenhouse
gas emissions following ICLEI's milestones on December 4, 2001.
- Sebastopol passed a resolution on January 15, 2002.
- Petaluma issued a proclamation in March 2002, and passed a resolution
on August 5, 2002.
- Cotati passed a resolution on April 10, 2002.
- The City of Sonoma passed a resolution on May 1, 2002.
- Windsor passed a resolution on June 5, 2002.
- Rohnert Park passed a resolution on June 11, 2002.
- Healdsburg passed a resolution on July 1, 2002.
- Cloverdale passed a resolution on July 24, 2002.
- Sonoma County passed a resolution on August 20, 2002.
By December 2002 The County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa completed
their GHG emissions inventories-Milestone One-for their internal operations.
The County also set a target-Milestone Two-to reduce the emissions produced
by its internal operations by 20% from 2000 to 2010.
2003, CCWI Program Coordinator Mike Sandler and Ann Hancock of the Climate
Protection Campaign met with Air District Boardmembers Pam Torliatt and
Tim Smith to discuss the Air District's involvement in Climate Protection.
2003 CCWI Program Coordinator Mike Sandler attended the World Water Forum
in Kyoto, Japan and gave a presentation to a panel of international water
experts, regarding the impacts of water use and wastewater treatment in
Sonoma County on climate change and presented a poster on Water and Climate.
CCWI Program Coordinator Mike Sandler and Ann Hancock of the Climate Protection
Campaign attended an Air District Board meeting, and presented their plan.
In June 2003,
the Air District Board approved a request for financial support of a two-part
study comprised of a GHG inventory for all sectors of Sonoma County, and
research regarding actions underway regionally and nationwide in which
air quality and climate protection efforts are being integrated.
2003 the remaining eight Sonoma cities completed inventories of the emissions
produced by their internal operations. In doing so, Sonoma set a second
national precedent when 100 percent of its municipalities completed their
baseline emission inventories.
CCWI and the Climate Protection Campaign began work on the Bay Area Air
Quality Management District's study of the overlap of air quality and
climate protection. This is the first time an Air District in California
is directly looking at becoming involved in the issue of climate change.
Rohnert Park, Sebastopol, and Cotati set their emission reduction targets
- Milestone Two - for their internal operations. All three cities' targets
are the same as the County's except Sebastopol's which is 30% from 2000
On Wednesday June 1, 2005, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's
board of directors established a climate
protection program to limit greenhouse gas emissions, which district
officials believe are causing the Earth's temperature to rise and increasing
smog in the Bay Area.
+ Energy = Watergy. When you use less water, you also use less energy.
"Watergy" (website www.watergy.org)
is a program of the Alliance to Save Energy, based in Washington, DC.
Gas Emissions Report for 8 cities in Sonoma County is now available at
California Urban Water Conservation Council has a great list of Best
Management Practices for water agencies.
Sonoma County Water
Agency's water conservation program.
Why should you become an advocate for climate protection?
A: Climate Change May Threaten More
Than One Million Species With Extinction
got problems, here's a solution: Author Richard Douthwaite's brilliant
proposal to solve multiple problems: climate change, global inequality,
Third World debt, oil dependence, and problems in the monetary system.
The proposal involves Contraction and Convergence, and issuing Emissions
Rights and an energy backed currency. Find
out more. CCWI will be analyzing the concepts in this proposal on
the Big Picture webpage. Stay tuned.
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