2015 Climate Action Plan

The 2015 CAP identifies how the County will achieve the AB 32 GHG emissions reduction target of 15% below baseline levels by the year 2020, in addition to supporting other public health, energy efficiency, water conservation, and air quality goals identified in the County’s General Plan and other policy documents. 

2015 Climate Action Plan Impact

Since the adoption of the 2015 CAP, the County has provided annual CAP progress reports to the Sustainability Commission. Here is a quick overview of the County’s progress on climate actions.

Energy Efficiency 

These measures focus on energy efficiency in new and existing homes located in the unincorporated areas of County. The County has made strides towards achieving this goal with a total of 1,018 single-family home energy efficiency retrofits and 24 multifamily unit energy efficiency retrofits completed from 2015 through 2020.  

Graph of Single-Family Home Energy Efficiency Projects Completed in Unincorporated County 2015-2020
Graph of Multifamily Unit Energy Efficiency Projects Completed in Unincorporated County 2015 - 2020

Renewable Energy

The goals set in the 2015 CAP for renewable energy adoption included installing solar arrays to 50 new homes, 10 new businesses, 2,500 existing homes, and 60 existing businesses by 2020. The County has shattered that goal issuing over 5,000 residential PV permits between 2018 and 2020. 

Graph of Residential Photovoltaic (PV) Permits in Unincorporated County from 2015 - 2020
Graph of Commercial Photovoltaic (PV) Permits in Unincorporated County from 2015 - 2020

Land-Use & Transportation

Improving mobility and encouraging alternative-fuel vehicle adoption were the biggest areas of focus in the County’s 2015 CAP.  

Mobility Improvements

The County Board of Supervisors has supported mobility improvements by accepting two mobility-related studies: the Ironi Horse Corridor Active Transportation Study and the Marsh Creek Corridor Multi-Use Trail Feasibility Study. The Iron Horse Corridor Active Transportation Study will identify safety, access, and user-experience improvements on the 22-mile corridor. The Marsh Creek Corridor Multi-Use Trail Feasibility Study will inform the County on the feasibility of a new 12+ mile corridor between Clayton and the Round Valley Regional Preserve. 

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EV Charging Stations

For EV charging stations, the County has stepped up to address the goals in the 2015 CAP. 

Both efforts combined led to 1,325 charging stations being distributed throughout the County and an additional 317 stations added through the MCE’s rebate program as of December 2020. This influx in charging stations makes it possible to reach the 2015 CAP goals centered around distance traveled per EV. 

Waste Reduction

The County set a waste reduction goal of a 75% reduction in Pounds of Disposal Per Person Per Day (PPD).  The County used 3.9 PPD as the target PPD. In 2020, the County recorded a PPD rate of 2.2 which equates to a 72% reduction.  

Group of County Waste Diversion Rate from 2015 - 2020
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