Climate Action Planning

A Climate Action Plan is often a commitment by a City or County, adopted by a Council or Board of Governors, to implement a set of actions over a particular time period that will support economic growth in an environmentally cooperative way.


Climate Action Planning is about committing to near and long term actions that reduce energy consumption and emissions of greenhouse gases and criteria pollutants. The goal of a Climate Action Plan is to guide a community towards a future that prioritizes the environmental impact of its actions. 

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority offers Climate Action Planning services that include: 

  • greenhouse gas and criteria pollutant emissions modeling, inventorying, and forecasting,
  • government and community engagement, and
  • development of stand alone or integrated policy action plans. 

Climate Action Plans

Climate Action Planning is about committing to near and long term actions that reduce energy consumption and emissions of greenhouse gases and criteria pollutants. The goal of a Climate Action Plan is to guide a community towards a future that prioritizes the environmental impact of its actions. 

The following is a list of Climate Action Plans that the Energy Authority has been or is currently involved with. Click on the Climate Action Plan link to download the document.

Region Description
The City of Blue Lake


The Energy Authority is currently working with Streamline Planning Consultants on a Climate Action Plan for the City of Blue Lake. Streamline Planning won a grant from the California Department of Conservation - Division of Land Resource Protection in 2012 to assist the City in the development of their Climate Action Plan. The projected completion date is March of 2014. Click here to see this climate action plan.

The Hoopa Valley 
Housing Authority

Hoopa Valley housing authority logo
The Energy Authority completed work with The Hoopa Valley Housing Authority and McKeever Energy & Electric, Inc. to create a Climate Action Plan for the Housing Authority. This Climate Action Plan is intended to help the Housing Authority work towards their mission to "...take accountability for and implement practices to offset one-hundred percent of its greenhouse gas emissions, achieve energy independence and security, develop resources with health, safety, culture, and sustainability as core philosophies, and provide an ecologically conscientious community for future generations." Click here to see this climate action plan.


The following is a list of other Energy Elements and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plans that have been completed and/or adopted by Humboldt County governments.

Region

Description

The County of Humboldt

The Energy Authority worked with The County and Schatz Energy Research Center to develop the Energy Element of the County General Plan. Click here to learn more.

The City of Arcata

The City of Arcata has been a state and national leader in developing a greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan. This plan was prepared by the City and completed in 2006. Click here to see the reduction plan.


Greenhouse Gas Inventories

Greenhouse gas emissions are of significant concern due to their global warming effect on the planet and the resulting environmental impacts from this effect. The state of California has been a leader in the development of policy that focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The following state policies are of concern to all public and private organizations regarding the consideration of greenhouse gas emissions:
  • AB 32, Global Warming Solutions Act: reduction of statewide emissions to 1990 levels by 2020
  • SB 375, Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act: supports AB 32 by requiring the California Air Resources Board to reduce emissions from passenger vehicles through coordinated transportation and land use planning. Also establishes incentives to local governments and developers to prepare a "sustainable communities strategy,"
  • CEQA, California Environmental Quality Act: amended by SB 97 to require the analysis and mitigation of greenhouse gases for projects subject to CEQA compliance.
The Energy Authority has developed in-house expertise to assist the County and local government agencies in the modeling, inventorying, and forecasting of greenhouse gas emissions.

The following is a list of emissions inventories completed or in progress by The Energy Authority for local incorporated Cities and the County. This table was last updated in May of 2015. Click on the inventory link to download the document.

Region Inventory Date Completed
Arcata

2006 Community
2010 Community
2010 Municipal
Completed by City
2014
2011
Blue Lake

2010 Community
2005 Community
2005 Municipal
Underway
2013
2011
Eureka

2010 Community
2005 - 2008 Municipal and Community (outdated)
2005 Community
2005 Municipal (updated draft)
Underway
2008
2014
2011 (2013)
Ferndale

2010 Community
2005 Community
2005 Municipal
Underway
2014
2012
Fortuna

2010 Community
2005 Community
2005 Municipal
Underway
2014
2012
Rio Dell

2010 Community
2005 Community
2005 Municipal
Underway
2014
2012
Trinidad

2010 Community
2005 Community
2005 Municipal
Underway
2014
2012
Unincorporated County

2010 Community
2005 - 2008 Municipal and Community (outdated)
2005 Community
2005 Municipal (updated draft)
Underway
2008
2014
2011 (2013)
County-Wide

2010 Community
2005 Community
Underway
2015
The Energy Authority has also conducted greenhouse gas emissions analysis for other planning projects in the region. The following is a list of work The Energy Authority has been or is currently involved with.

Project Description
The imagineHumboldt! Project

The Energy Authority worked with The Humboldt County Area of Governments (HCOAG) to estimate the greenhouse gas emissions impact associated with different land use planning scenarios for the transportation sector. Click here to see the report.

The 2013 Regional Transportation Plan Update

The Energy Authority assisted The Humboldt County Area of Governments (HCOAG) in assessing the greenhouse gas emissions impact associated with the 2013 Regional Transportation Plan Update for the required Environmental Impact Report. Click here to see the plan update.