Data and Reports
You can’t manage what you don’t measure.
The work of the RCPA to reduce GHGs and prepare for climate impacts needs to be informed by reliable information about GHG sources, sector specific data (such as transportation patterns, building energy use, and solid waste), climate risks, socio economic trends, environmental and health indicators, and a host of other data. The RCPA works in collaboration with many partners to make sure these data are available to the communities of Sonoma County to inform the programs and policies developed in response to climate change.
See the Data Blog for updates on data reporting.
Measuring GHG emissions
One of RCPA’s main goals is to employ a tracking system to capture greenhouse gas (GHG) emission data and assess progress in Sonoma County’s emission reduction goal of reducing emissions by 25% below 1990 levels by 2020 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. RCPA is working with interested stakeholders including city planning departments, PG&E, Sonoma Clean Power, the Sonoma County Water Agency, the Climate Protection Campaign, and others to track emissions data and provide transparent methodologies following accepted local government protocols.
Understanding local climate impacts
The RCPA is also partnering with the scientific community to better understand the local implications of climate change. Many partners are working to model and monitor climate trends including the North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative, Pepperwood Preserve, the Sonoma Ecology Center, the US Geological Survey, the Sonoma County Water Agency, the Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. The Climate Hazards and Vulnerabilities Report provides an overview of what we know about local climate impacts.