Beacon Participant Profile

Sonoma County

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“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

Spotlight Awards

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Silver Level

10% Agency Electricity Savings (2004-2011)

September 2013

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Platinum Level

29% Agency Reductions in energy & transportation sectors (2000-2010)

September 2013

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Silver Level

10 Sustainability Activities

September 2013

About Sonoma County

  • Established: 1850
  • Population: 484,470 (as of 2008)
  • Location: 55 miles north of San Francisco
  • Elevation: ranges from sea level to 4480 feet
  • Area: 1,575 square miles

Climate Action Activities

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  • ICLEI member (current as of May 2011)
  • 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

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Climate Action Resources

Video Clips

Spotlight on Sustainability Leadership in Sonoma County
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Sonoma County Offers Energy Efficiency Retrofits to the Community
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Countywide Collaboration for Sustainability in Sonoma County
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Spotlight on Land Use, Community Design & Efficient Transportation
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The Beacon Award program is sponsored by the Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative. SEEC is an alliance between three statewide non-profit organizations and California’s four Investor-Owned Utilities funded by California utility ratepayers and administered by Southern California Gas Company, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Southern California Edison, under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission www.californiaseec.org

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