The City of Arcata, home to Humboldt State University, includes one of the only municipally owned forests in the nation. The Arcata Community Forest was certified as sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council in 1998 and is a model for sustained yield forestry. The City has long been a supporter of environmental consciousness and again took action on climate change in 2001 when the mayor signed onto the “Cities for Climate Protection” campaign.
In November 2006, Berkeley voters issued a bold call to action on global warming– reduce the entire community’s year 2000 greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.
In this City, the largest in Butte County, over 86,000 people live within the City limits and over 105,000 people reside in the Greater Chico Area. In October 2006, the Chico City Council authorized the Mayor to sign the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.
A large metropolitan area centered in the San Joaquin Valley, the city of Fresno is dedicated to lowering green house gas (GHG) emissions and preserving the surrounding natural landscape. Through the Fresno Green 2025 General Plan, Fresno is committed to making a positive impact upon the environment by encouraging the use of clean energy and alternative fuels for vehicles.
Hayward is known as the “Heart of the Bay” because of its central and convenient location in Alameda County – 25 miles southeast of San Francisco and 26 miles north of San Jose. With its central location, it’s not suprising that 62% of the City’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from transportation sources.
The City worked over a year to prepare a community-wide Climate Action Plan. The Plan aims to reduce GHG emissions by 6% below 2005 levels by 2013, 12.5% below 2005 levels by 2020, and 82.5% below 2005 levels by 2050.
The city of Irvine has found its calling and become an innovative urban metropolis focused on reducing the carbon footprint of both its residents and its municipal operations. The city plans to achieve significant carbon reductions through a few key strategies: green building standards, energy efficiency retrofits, and a zero waste future.
The City of Los Angeles is home to 4 million people living within 470 square miles. With that number of people constantly on the move, it’s not surprising that nearly half of L.A.’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from transportation sources. But the City’s geographic area and large population also offer opportunities for environmental benefits.
The City of Monterey, known for its aquarium and Fisherman’s Wharf, has long been committed to preserving and protecting the natural environment. In July 2007, Mayor Chuck Della Sala signed the Urban Environmental Accords and the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.
As a large urban community known for its chic lifestyle, Pasadena is committed to going green through massive energy and water use overhauls, along with encouraging the use of alternative transportation methods like improved bus lines and bike paths.
Redding is California's largest city north of Sacramento. It’s the northernmost designated metropolitan area with a population of over 100,000 people. The City’s goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 7% below 1990 levels by 2012.
To further Riverside’s commitment to an environmentally stable future, the Clean and Green Sustainable Riverside Action Plan was developed. Successful implementation of the Action Plan will ensure sustainable growth while preserving the health of the local environment for generations.
On January 27, 2009, Sacramento’s Mayor and Council adopted the 2009 Sustainability Implementation Plan. This plan identifies key initiatives that will move the City to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020.
Since 1992, over 110 energy efficiency projects have been installed in City facilities. Due to these measures, energy consumption is 9% lower than otherwise would have been projected.
On January 29, 2002, the San Diego City Council unanimously approved the San Diego Sustainable Community Program- its Climate Protection Action Plan.
In 2002, the City of San Francisco passed a resolution committing the city to an emissions reduction goal that goes beyond the Kyoto Protocol objectives. The resultingClimate Action Plan focuses the City's efforts on transportation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and solid waste management as the key areas that will have the greatest impact on climate change.
The beach town of Santa Barbara has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through an innovative use of technology and green policies for employees.
The coastal community of Santa Cruz, California has created a climate action plan that drastically reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through solar energy projects and green building renovations, along with numerous other conservation and energy efficiency strategies.
Santa Cruz has conducted multiple emission inventories to determine which sectors could achieve the greatest emissions reductions. Efforts were then prioritized by opportunities for saving, like building efficiency improvements, system upgrades, or a decrease in wasteful water and energy use.
Santa Monica is committed to protecting, preserving and restoring the natural environment. In 1994 the Santa Monica City Council took steps to address sustainability by adopting the Santa Monica Sustainable City Program. The City’s goal is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% below 1990 levels by 2015 for City operations and to reduce emissions 15% below 1990 levels by 2015 for the City as a whole.