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City of Chico Climate Action Plan



Presentation given by Ann Schwab, Mayor of Chico on the Panel: "After Recycling, Then Watt?" at the Great Valley Center's Sacramento Valley Forum on October 27, 2010 in Chico, CA

Presentation given by Ann Schwab, Mayor of Chico on the Panel: "After Recycling, Then Watt?" at the Great Valley Center's Sacramento Valley Forum on October 27, 2010 in Chico, CA



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City of Chico Climate Action Plan City of Chico Climate Action Plan Presentation Transcript

  • City of Chicoclimate action plan
    Overview of Plan Components
  • History
    • Chico City Council authorizes Mayor Scott Gruendl to sign US Conference of Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement November 3, 2006
    315th city in the nation to sign the agreement.
    First Northstate City to sign
    Signature Cities commit to strive to meet Kyoto Protocol greenhouse gas reduction targets
    City of Chico Sustainability Task Force formed March 2007
    • Formulate recommendations on how to implement the Mayor’s Agreement.
    • Make recommendations on initiatives that will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
    • Assist in the preparation of the Sustainability Element of the City’s 2030 General Plan.
  • Sustainability Task Force Members
    Ann Schwab, Chair
    Jon Luvaas
    Scott McNall
    CSU, Chico
    Jim Stevens
    NorthStar Engineering
    Tom DiGiovanni
    New Urban Builders
    Dwight Atkins
    CSU, Chico Student
    Tim Dobbs
    Chico Unified School District teacher
    BT Chapman
    Cliff Friedman
    Student, CSU, Chico
    Jim Pushnik
    Institute of Sustainable Development
    Rawlins Professor of Environmental Literacy, CSU, Chico
    Julian Zener
    Sierra Club
    Scott Wolf
    Chico Sustainability Group
    Ken Grossman
    Sierra Nevada Brewery
    At Large
    Chris Giampoli
    Epick Homes
    Jon Stallman
    Butte Community College
  • STF Mission Statement
    The Sustainability Task Force shall promote a culture of stewardship within our community to enhance our natural resources, economic interests and quality of life for present and future generations in the City of Chico by collaboratively developing programs and initiatives which will distinguish Chico as a leader in sustainability efforts.
  • STF Accomplishments
    Conduct Baseline Inventory
    ICLEI software GHG Emissions – Council approved $30,000 funding
    Set target reductions
    Reduce emissions by a minimum of 7% below 1990 levels by 2012 – Council approval
    Create Climate Action Plan
    Identify measures implemented by the City and the community since 2005
    Create master list of potential measures
    Propose framework to Council – Council approved and allocated $30,000 funding to develop CAP
    Council added direction to include GHG impacts to agenda item Staff Reports
    Rank measures based on
    GHG reduction potential
    Other benefits associated with the measures (i.e. energy savings)
    Participate in General Plan 2030 Update
  • 2005 Emissions Inventory Results
    Total 2005 Emissions: 515,990 MteCO2
  • Emissions Inventory Baseline and Projections
  • Climate Action Plan Timeline
    Fall 2010: Development of CAP
    2011-2012: Phase I Implementation
    2012: Evaluation of Phase I Success
    2013-2015: Phase II Implementation
    2015: Evaluation of Phase II Success
    2016-2020: Phase III Implementation
  • Climate Action Plan Targets
  • Identifying the Least-Cost Path
  • Identified Emissions Reductions 2005-2010
    Reductions monitored from all sectors community-wide
    The aggregate impact of these emissions-reducing actions will reduce city-wide emissions levels by 62,413 MteCO2 annually by the end of 2010
    Early Action Leaders Include:
  • Sources of Identified Emissions Reductions
  • Progress Towards Phase I Target
  • Expanded Impact During Phase I
    Identified Reduction Actions with an Increased Impact between 2010-2012:
    Solar PV Installation
    Hybrid Vehicles Sales
    Home Weatherization
    Lighting Efficiency Retrofits
    Energy Star Appliance Sales
    Their aggregate impact will reduce emissions levels by an additional 6,388 MteCO2 annually by the end of Phase I
  • Progress Towards Phase I Target
  • CAP Phase I Project Analysis
  • Progress Towards Phase I Target
  • Phases II & III
    Target Reductions
    Phase II: 89,762 MteCO2
    Phase III: 146,671 MteCO2
  • Strategy Sectors
    Water Conservation
    Land Use & Mobility
    Air Quality & Urban Forestry
    Waste Management
    City Government
  • General Plan 2030 Update
    Sustainability Element
    “The plan recognizes that sustainability is an organizing principle, and that the City must consider the interdependent interests of protecting the environment, promoting social equity, and achieving a healthy economy in its actions and programs.”
  • General Plan 2030 Update
    Identified those Policies and Actions which will reduce emissions levels and organized them into the CAP Strategy Sectors
    As financial opportunities arise these Policies and Actions will be considered and implemented in Phases II and III
    As the Identified Policies and Actions are implemented their emissions-reducing impacts can be measured or estimated using the CAP
  • Prioritization of Mitigation Measures
    More than 80 potential mitigation measures identified by the Sustainability Task Force
    The majority are promoted in the GPU
    ICLEI’s CAPPA software provides standard assumptions for the different measures
    Ranked by cost effectiveness: Price / MteCO2 mitigated / Year
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
    The Institute for Sustainable Development is working in collaboration with Dr. Pete Tsournos’ Econ 466: Environmental & Natural Resource Economics class over the course of this Fall
    Six senior-level students learning to run environmental cost-benefit analysis in the context of a real project for their community
  • Example Abatement Cost Curve
  • Implementation Monitoring
    Sustainability Task Force
    City Sustainability Coordinator
    Institute for Sustainable Development
    Annual Emissions Inventorying
    Oversight & Evaluation of Implementation of Phases
    Best Practices State-Wide and Nationally
    Grant Availability
    Changes in Grid Mix and in Input Price Levels
  • Additional Components of the CAP
    Business Climate Partnership
    Outreach/ Education
  • Business Climate Partnership
    A Partnership of Local Businesses, Utilities & Institutions
    Coming together to discuss climate change and potential effective and economically feasible local solutions
    Developing and overseeing a Chico Green Business Program
    Connecting businesses with relevant, valuable resources
    Recognizing leading businesses for their actions
  • Potential Stakeholders
    Chico Chamber of Commerce
    Downtown Chico Business Association
    Mayor’s Business Advisory Committee
    North Valley Property Owners Association
    Valley Contractors Exchange
    Association of Realtors
    CSU, Chico & Butte College
    Butte County Association of Governments
    PG&E & Cal Water Co.
  • Website
    PG&E Innovators Pilot information & results
    Inventory Report, CAP Document
    Personal Footprint & Personal Action Calculator
    News & Information, Links, Resources, Updates
    ‘How Climate Change Affects Chico’ & Adaptation
    Pages with resources tailored for: Businesses, Residents, Institutions
  • Direct Outreach
    Sustainability Task Force Education Committee
    Residential Outreach
    Farmer’s Markets
    Sustainability Events
    Materials: Residents’ Guide, Free Efficiency Equipment
    Website Promotion
    Tree Program
    November: This Way to Sustainability
    December: Business Climate Partnership Kickoff
    January: Public review of Draft Plan begins
  • School Outreach
    We are looking to educate kids about one of the seminal global issues of our time
    We would like to foster in them a sense of involvement in and ownership of climate action in their community
    Through educating and engaging students we hope to indirectly reach other members of their families and communities
    By teaching kids about climate change we would be developing a vital resource in the long-term fight to curb climate change
  • School Outreach
    Target 1: Upper Elementary School
    Key Components
    Curriculum Development
    Develop lessons that can incorporate/ hit on multiple components of the grade level curriculum
    For students in this age group the most effective way to bring the curriculum home is to pair it with engaging activities
    Target 2: Lower-level High School
    Key Components
    Service-Learning Projects
    Curriculum Development
    Curriculum would cover issues in greater depth
    Discussion of the science behind ClimateChange and arguments that have been made against it
    Discussion of ClimateAction: best approaches, what’s happening locally
  • Next Steps for the Sustainability Task Force
    • Climate Action Plan presented to Council –
    January 2011
    CAP implementation and monitoring –
    Chico General Plan Update final Council approval - April 2011
    Incorporate Diversity Action Plan into STF Work Plan - May 2011