Climate Action 2020 and Beyond

Climate Action 2020 and Beyond builds on prior commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a community-wide climate action plan (CAP) for all communities in Sonoma County. The regional framework creates an efficient and consistent approach to address climate change but allows local governments to adopt locally appropriate measures to reduce GHG emissions. It also provides information about local climate hazards and what Sonoma County communities can do to prepare.

Regional Climate Action Plan (26 MB), Appendices (9 MB), Summary in English (4 MB) and Spanish (4 mB)

> 2015 Greenhouse Gas Inventory Update

> Climate Emergency Resolution (RCPA Blog)


Highlights of Climate Action 2020 and Beyond

  • Sonoma County GHG emissions have declined since 1990, but without new actions they could climb back above historic levels by 2020.
  • The countywide goal for GHG emissions, 25% below 1990 levels, is achievable if we work together as a region.
  • State, Regional, and Local actions proposed in the Draft Plan can reduce local GHG emissions over 1.4 million metric tons each year by 2020.
  • The plan is focused on near term actions that will put Sonoma County on a path towards a 2050 goal of 80% below 1990 levels.
  • Plan success will require collaboration and investment by government, businesses, and citizens.
  • The RCPA will lead plan implementation and support local actions through grant funding, research, technical assistance, outreach, and education.

Initial development of the plan was guided by a Staff Working Group (SWG), with RCPA staff and planning staff from each of the ten local jurisdictions; including research, emissions analysis, review of model strategies, local policy gaps, community engagement, target setting, preliminary measure selection, and Public Review Draft development for consideration by Planning Commissions, Councils, and the Board of Supervisors.

A Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) comprised of citizen representatives, appointed by the RCPA Board to reflect diverse perspectives, was consulted at key project milestones to offer perspectives on all aspects of the approach proposed in the CAP.

Achieving Sonoma County’s 2020 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target

Increase building energy efficiency

  • Measure 1-S1: Title 24 Standards for Commercial and Residential Buildings
  • Measure 1-S2: Lighting Efficiency and Toxics Reduction Act (AB1109)
  • Measure 1-S3: Industrial Boiler Efficiency
  • Measure 1-R1: Community Energy Efficiency Retrofits for Existing Buildings
  • Measure 1-R2: Expand the Community Energy Efficiency Retrofits Program
  • Measure 1-L3: Shade Tree Planting

Increase renewable energy use

  • Measure 2-S1: Renewables Portfolio Standard
  • Measure 2-S2: Solar Water Heaters
  • Measure 2-R1: Community Choice Aggregation
  • Measure 2-L2: Solar in Existing Residential Building
  • Measure 2-L4: Solar in Existing Non-Residential Buildings

Switch equipment from fossil fuel to electricity

  • Measure 3-R1 Stationary Fuel Switching Incentives
  • Measure 3-L1: Convert to Electric Water Heating

Reduce travel demand through focused growth

  • Measure 4-L1: Mixed-Use Development in City Centers and Along Transit Corridors
  • Measure 4-L2: Increase Transit Accessibility
  • Measure 4-L3: Supporting Land Use Measures
  • Measure 4-L4: Affordable Housing Linked to Transit

Encourage a shift toward low-carbon transportation options

  • Measure 5-R1: Improve and Increase Transit Service
  • Measure 5-R2: Supporting Transit Measures
  • Measure 5-R3: Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit
  • Measure 5-R4: Trip Reduction Ordinance
  • Measure 5-R5: Supporting Measures for the Transportation Demand Management Program
  • Measure 5-R6: Reduced Transit Passes
  • Measure 5-R7: Alternative Travel Marketing & Optimize Online Service
  • Measure 5-R8: Safe Routes to School
  • Measure 5-R9: Car-sharing Program
  • Measure 5-R10: Bike Sharing Program
  • Measure 5-L1: Local Transportation Demand Management Program
  • Measure 5-L2: Carpool-Incentives & Ride-Sharing Program
  • Measure 5-L3: Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Measure 5-L4: Supporting Bicycle/Pedestrian Measures
  • Measure 5-L5: Traffic Calming
  • Measure 5-L7: Supporting Parking Policy Measures

Increase vehicle and equipment fuel efficiency

  • Measure 6-S1: Pavley Emissions Standards for Passenger Vehicles and the Low Carbon Fuel Standard
  • Measure 6-S2: Advanced Clean Cars
  • Measure 6-S3: Assembly Bill 32 Vehicle Efficiency Measures

Encourage a shift toward low-carbon fuels in vehicles and equipment

  • Measure 7-S1: Low Carbon Fuel Standard: Off-Road
  • Measure 7-R1: Shift Sonoma County (Electric Vehicles)
  • Measure 7-L1: Electric Vehicle Charging Station Program
  • Measure 7-L2: Electrify Construction Equipment
  • Measure 7-L3: Reduce Fossil Fuel Use in Equipment through Efficiency or Fuel Switching

Reduce idling

  • Measure 8-L1: Idling Ordinance

Increase capture and use of methane from landfills

  • Measure 10-R1: Increase Landfill Methane Capture and Use for Energy

Reduce water consumption

  • Measure 11-R1: Countywide Water Conservation Support and Incentives
  • Measure 11-L1: Senate Bill SB X7-7 – Water Conservation Act of 2009

Increase recycled water and greywater use

  • Measure 12-R1: Recycled Water
  • Measure 12-L1: Greywater Use

Increase water and wastewater infrastructure efficiency

  • Measure 13-R1: Infrastructure and Water Supply Improvement
  • Measure 13-R2: Wastewater Treatment Equipment Efficiency

Increase use of renewable energy in water and wastewater systems

  • Measure 14-R1: Sonoma County Water Agency Carbon Free Water by 2015

Reduce emissions from livestock operations

  • Measure 15-L1: Methane Capture and Combustion at Dairies
  • Measure 15-L2: Reduce Emissions from Enteric Fermentation

Reduce emissions from fertilizer use

  • Measure 16-L1: Optimize Fertilizer Use

Protect and enhance the value of open and working lands

  • Measure Measure 17-R1: Conserve Open Space and Working Lands

Promote sustainable agriculture

  • Measure 18-R1: Sustainable Agriculture Certification Programs
  • Measure 18-R2: Promote Local, Sustainable Food and Ag Products
  • Measure 18-C3: Urban Agriculture

Increase carbon sequestration

  • Measure 19-R1: Rangeland Carbon Farming

Reduce emissions from consumption of goods and services

  • Measure 20-R1: Measure and Track Consumption-based Emissions
  • Measure 20-R2: Educate Consumers
  • Measure 20-R3: Encourage and Promote Sustainable Consumption
  • Measure 20-R4: Reduce carbon intensity of product supply chains