The Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA) coordinates community-wide climate solutions for a better future.
The Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA) is governed by a twelve member Board of Directors comprised of representatives from the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and Council Members from each of the nine cities – Cloverdale, Cotati, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Sonoma and Windsor. The RCPA coordinates climate protection activities countywide and performs a variety of important related functions including advocacy, project management, planning, finance, grant administration, and research.
The RCPA coordinates the activities of local jurisdictions with regional, state, and federal entities at both policy and administrative levels. As a coordination agency, the RCPA provides a forum for local elected officials to engage in dialogue on countywide issues, and enables discussions among local and regional entities on a wide range of issues related to greenhouse gas reduction, including planning, program management, and project delivery.
The RCPA was formed in 2009 through locally sponsored State legislation to coordinate countywide climate protection efforts among Sonoma County’s nine cities and multiple county agencies.
The RCPA has four main areas of focus: efficient buildings, clean energy, alternative transportation and conservation/adaptation. The RCPA is focused on securing grant funding for GHG reducing programs and projects as well as leading countywide climate planning efforts. In addition, data collection, public information and education are significant elements of the climate protection effort.
In 2014, the RCPA and the local governments of Sonoma County were designated as Climate Action Champions by the White House, in recognition of outstanding leadership in climate action demonstrated within and across each of the nine local cities, the County of Sonoma, and the regional agency partners. Through the Climate Action designation, the RCPA gained access to a peer network of climate action leaders, opportunities for federal technical assistance and funding, and federal inter-agency coordination.
RCPA leads and coordinates countywide efforts to implement and advocate a broad range of programs and projects to reduce GHG emissions.
Reduce GHG emission levels by 25% below 1990 levels by 2020.
Reduce GHG emission levels by 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.
Employ a tracking system to effectively capture GHG emission data and assess progress in reduction efforts.