City of Chico Climate Action Plan


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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

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