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Climate Action and Resiliency

Make Sonoma County carbon neutral by 2030.

Why is Climate Action and Resiliency a Strategic Plan Pillar?

Sonoma County, the nation and the world’s collective social, economic and environmental well-being are impacted by significant climate change events. Providing a focus on climate action and resiliency in the Strategic Plan, the Board of Supervisors can mobilize countywide efforts towards mitigating and preventing climate change. In parallel with preparedness, adaptation and resiliency, the organization and the community will survive and thrive.

Why Focus on Climate Action and Resiliency?

With the devastating health and economic consequences of climate change growing here and elsewhere, Sonoma County must act urgently. Guided by science, and in concert with the state, national and international communities, we can provide a livable climate for today’s youth and future generations.

Since 2013, the County has experienced severe droughts, devastating fires, continued floods and hotter temperatures year over year. Each of these unprecedented events is a reminder of the immediate impact of climate change. It is only in working to prevent and mitigate climate change we will avert the worst impacts of the climate emergency and build a stronger, healthier, fairer, and resilient Sonoma community for everyone.

Climate Action and Resiliency Work at the County

Over the last 15 years, County staff have been working on climate actions with incremental progress in certain sectors. The County recognizes continued and focused efforts in climate change prevention, coupled with mitigation and adaption through behavioral change and resiliency efforts is imperative.

In February 2020, the Board of Supervisors created a Climate Ad Hoc committee to begin identifying the immediate, mid-range and long-term climate actions of the County.

Pillar Goals and Objectives

Goal 1:  Make all County facilities carbon free and zero waste.

  • Objective 1: Design or retrofit County facilities to be carbon neutral and zero waste.
  • Objective 2: Design or retrofit County facilities that promote and maximize telework to decrease greenhouse gas emissions of employee commute.

Goal 2:  Maximize sustainability and emissions reductions in all County Fleet vehicles.

  • Objective 1: Any County car, van or truck, leased or owned, will be 100% all-electric by 2030.
  • Objective 2: Improve the fuel efficiency of all County Fleet medium and heavy-duty vehicles by 25% by 2030.
  • Objective 3: Invest in the County’s employee Clean Commute program to allow for the use of County all-electric vehicles at key public transportation hubs to support a ‘Last Mile Transit’ Program for the County.
  • Objective 4: Upgrade the existing County’s Electric Vehicle charging station infrastructure by 2023, and expand to new locations by 100% by 2030, prioritizing locations accessible to disadvantaged and hard to reach populations. 

Goal 3:  Maximize Carbon Sequestration through land conservation work and land use policies.

  • Objective 1: County General Plan and other county/special district planning documents will incorporate policy language that includes climate actions, resiliency measures and maximizes sequestration on both public and private lands, while mitigating for natural disasters such as fires and floods.
  • Objective 2: Develop a carbon sequestration program, where carbon is captured and stored in plants or soils, with an emphasis on maximizing sequestration on working lands and other open space lands by 2030.

Goal 4: Invest in the community to become carbon neutral by 2030.

  • Objective 1: Develop permit fee reductions for carbon neutral construction for new and existing homes.
  • Objective 2: Support micro grid communities/energy grid resilience to eliminate carbon producing alternatives during power shutdowns, prioritizing critical infrastructure and vulnerable populations.
  • Objective 3: Provide grants or funding that incentivizes property managers and renters to retrofit existing multi-family housing towards achieving carbon neutral buildings. 

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Acción climática y recciliencia
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