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City of Santa Rosa

Beacon Participant Profile

“The City of Santa Rosa is making many strides to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from municipal operations and community-wide activities. The City’s objective to reduce emissions is being accomplished by encouraging the use of renewable energy through implementing solar, biomass, wind, and alternative fuels into every day operations.

As well as encouraging the use of renewable energy the City has reduced its energy demands and water consumption through various conservation projects. The City is also in the process of educating staff about Environmentally Preferable Purchasing, and encouraging other municipalities and residents to build green.” -City of Santa Rosa

About Santa Rosa

  • Incorporated: 1868
  • Population:  174,972 (2015)
  • Location: 55 miles north of San Francisco in Sonoma County, the largest city in California’s North Coast
  • Elevation: 164 feet
  • Area: 41.5 sq/mi

Climate Action Activities

Climate Action Resources


Silver Beacon Award (2018)

Agency Energy Savings

  • Silver Level, 8% (2015)

Agency Natural Gas Savings

  • Silver Level, 5% (2018)

Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions

  • Silver Level, 8% (2013)

Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions

  • Platinum Level, 21% (2018)

Sustainability Best Practices

  • Platinum Level (2015)
  • Gold Level (2014)
  • Silver Level (2013)
Case Story

City of Santa Rosa – Green Building Program to Address Climate Change

Santa Rosa’s green building program covers new and existing residential and commercial buildings to assist the city in achieving its greenhouse gas reduction goal of 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2015.

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