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Council Passes Near-Term Actions to Fight Climate Change

On Monday, Dec. 11, the City Council unanimously passed the Sustainability Implementation Plan or SIP, which is the next phase of the City’s Sustainability and Climate Action Plan. The SIP outlines measures proposed for 2018-2020 in four areas that could reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) to about 40 percent below the 1990 base year by 2020. The four areas are: energy, mobility, electric vehicles and water. Currently, GHG levels are approximately 37 percent below that baseline, and if carbon-neutral natural gas offsets are included, would mean a 54 percent reduction. The Council has adopted the overall goal of reducing GHG emissions by 80 percent from the base year by 2030. 

Among the key actions include:

Energy

• Continued purchase of carbon offsets to match natural gas emissions
• Energy efficiency savings of two to five percent in buildings
• Electrification of natural gas applications

Mobility

• Funding of the Transportation Management Association with a goal to reduce solo commute trips downtown by 30 percent
• Integrated mobility services
• Parking management strategies to support transportation and sustainability goals

Electric Vehicles

• Streamlined permitting for Utilities-funded transformer upgrades
• Consider requiring EV readiness and charger installation in existing buildings
• Expanded EV charging infrastructure for public right-of-way

Water

• Maximize water efficiency
• Facilitate use of non-traditional, non-potable water sources
• Develop recycled water strategic plan

Staff plans to return to Council in the future with key actions related to other chapters in the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan including zero waste, municipal operations, adaptation and sea level rise and the natural environment. Click here for the full staff report.

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