“We have an opportunity to both diversify and strengthen the economy and improve the environment. The Sacramento region’s unique competitive advantages and our common vision will make the transformation to a green economy a reality.” -Mayor Kevin Johnson
Population: 466,488 (2010)
Location: It is located at the confluence of the Sacramento River and the American River in the northern portion of California’s Central Valley.
Elevation: 25 feet
Area: 100.1058 square miles
Climate Action Activities
ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, founding member
Green Municipal Buildings and Fleet Policy adopted in 2004
2030 General Plan: adopted in 2009, consistent with the Sacramento Regional Blueprint and implements the City’s vision for smart growth and creating a sustainable community by the year 2030.
Planning and Development Code Update: initiated in 2011, substantial overhaul of zoning, subdivision, and other sections of City Code to align with the 2030 General Plan policy framework and key Climate Action Plan measures. To be completed by 2014.
Zipcar Carsharing Program: in 2011, the City worked with Zipcar to start a 10-car program in the downtown Sacramento area. In late 2011, Zipcar expanded to add 2 cars to the Sac State University campus.
Fleet Telemetrics Program: GPS technology and integrated software management and reporting leads to substantial reductions in fuel usage and maintenance costs. Preliminary phases of deployment show fuel savings in some of the City’s work units of nearly 25 percent.
Fleet Fuel Efficiency and Alternative Fuels: Significant reductions in total City fleet fuel usage between 2005 and 2009, despite an increase in the size of the city’s fleet during the period. The City is also expanding use of alternative fuels (EV, biofuels, LNG, and various hybrid technologies).
Clean Energy Sacramento: in partnership with Ygrene Energy Fund, created a property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing district, launching in Fall 2012.
Flex Your Power – SMUD’s Energy Tracking Service and Voluntary Emergency Curtailment Program
Greenwise Regional Action Plan: Mayor Kevin Johnson’s initiative, lauched in 2012, to create regional sustainability to grow the economy, improve the environment, and engage the community. Greenwise Joint Venture was launched in 2011 to spearhead the effort to implement the plan.
Sacramento Area Climate Partnership: interagency working group that completed a countywide baseline GHG emissions inventory in 2009, and continues to collaborative on local climate action planning and implementation efforts in the region.
The City of Sacramento is the state’s capital and sixth largest
city in California. The city’s population is just shy of 500,000
people, and is expected to grow by approximately 165,000
residents in the next 20 years. The guiding vision in the city’s
General Plan is to be the most livable city in America.
Underlying this vision are six basic principles: grow smarter,
maintain a vibrant economy, create a healthy city, make great
places, develop a sustainable future and live light to reduce the
Beginning in 2011, the City of Sacramento began replacing more
than 4,000 existing lights, known as high intensity discharge
lights, throughout eight city-owned public parking garages with
new light-emitting diodes, known as LEDs.
The Sacramento Regional Solid Waste Authority, under a joint
powers agreement between the City of Sacramento and Sacramento
County, has a business recycling ordinance that requires
non-exclusive franchised haulers to provide – and businesses to
subscribe to – recycling services.