“The County’s ongoing, bold commitment to climate protection flows from the Board’s goal to reduce the County’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2015.” – Sonoma County website
Greenhouse gas inventory in progress, completion expected December 2011
Climate action plan for agency operations completed 2006
Community climate action plan in progress, completion expected December 2011
Sonoma County Energy Watch Program (in partnership with PG&E) provides technical assistance, services, and rebates to municipalities, non-profits, small businesses, and special districts to decrease utility costs by reducing electrical and gas consumption.
Sonoma County Energy Independence Program (a Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE program) provides property owners with energy improvement financing paid back through the property tax system.
Comprehensive Energy Project provides cash-neutral energy efficiency measures for county owned buildings, including lighting retrofits, HVAC upgrades, water retrofits, and installation of a 1.4 MW fuel cell cogeneration power plant.
Installed 750kW photo-voltaic solar array providing 80% of the electricity for the County’s Juvenile justice Center
Established green fleet policy and green fleet procurement program
Composting program at detention facilities diverts food waste and is part of jail industries training program
Established green leasing policy whereby the County, as a major leaser of commercial real estate, uses that market advantage to improve environmentally-friendly leased property
Sonoma County’s nine cities and multiple county agencies have been engaged in local climate protection efforts for more than ten years. In 2002, Sonoma became the first county to have all its jurisdictions conduct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories. In 2005, all ten local jurisdictions adopted a joint target of reducing GHG emissions to 25% below 1990 levels by 2015. In 2009 Sonoma took another pioneering step by establishing the Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA).
The Sonoma County Energy Independence Program (SCEIP) offers property owners the opportunity to finance energy efficient property improvements through the property tax system. It is an innovative new effort to improve energy efficiency, water conservation and renewable energy generation, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.