The Contra Costa County Climate Leaders (4CL) program is a network assisting the county and its 19 cities to inform, support and encourage the measurement and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Through education and sharing of best practices we will ensure sustainable, healthy and livable cities.

San Pablo

San Pablo Accomplishments

The City of San Pablo, in recognizing the impacts of climate change, believes that energy-efficiency is a crucial step to the preservation of San Pablo’s health, safety and security.  Reducing electricity and natural gas usage saves community members and the City money, while decreasing anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions that have been linked to climate change.  In support of these efforts, the City joined ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability in 2009 and has been pursuing their “Five Milestones for Climate Mitigation.”

General Plan Update

  • General Plan was last updated in 2011 to guide the city through 2030. It includes elements on climate change management, open space, water conservation, and improved transport efficiency.

Climate Action Planning

Energy

  • The City is exploring Community Choice Aggregation, whereby the City and its residents would procure electricity with at least a 50% renewables portfolio.
  • The City has installed photovoltaic panels on City buildings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money on energy costs, and reduce stress on the utility grid. The projected energy production is 330 kW.
  • Using an Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG), the City retrofitted lighting in all city hall buildings and installed streetlights with LED technology on major roadways in San Pablo.
  • Using funding from the EPA’s Small Cities Climate Action Partnership Grant, the City is weatherizing all city hall buildings.
  • The City partnered with Smart Lights in 2011 to provide free light audits and rebates up to $2000 for retrofitting businesses.
  • Under programs offered by Contra Costa County and PG&E, San Pablo is offering free home weatherization rebates to low and fixed income residents.
  • Residents are encouraged to request energy and water conservation audits by California Youth Energy Services Program.

Waste Reduction

Water Conservation

  • The City partners with East Bay Municipal Utility District to provide residents with water audits and rebates for water-efficiency improvements.
  • Residents are encouraged to request energy and water conservation audits by California Youth Energy Services Program.
  • San Pablo City Council adopted the 7 Principles of Bay Friendly Landscaping and city median islands are being replaced with landscaping to reduce water consumption.
  • San Pablo has hosted workshops on Bay Friendly Landscaping to improve water conservation.
  • The City has adopted an integrated pest management policy to reduce the use of toxics that pollute waterways.

Transportation

  • Adopted a Growth Management Element in their General Plan that promotes efficient use of transportation within the City and County. This will provide access to Local Transportation Maintenance and Improvement Funds.
  • Has begun a Transportation Demand Management program to make transportation more efficient and save on infrastructure upgrades.
  • The City is exploring options for a Commuter Benefit Program for its employees, to reduce the number of single-occupancy vehicle trips.
  • The City holds numerous events during May for Bike Month, including an employee workshop in advance of Bike to Work Day to prepare interested employees for biking to work or other locations, a community-wide Bike Bonanza event to promote safe biking, and an energizer station on Bike to Work Day.

Open Space

  • Passed legislation outlining specific tree planting practices and irrigation methods.

Community Involvement

  • San Pablo SPAWNERS work to clean up the San Pablo creeks and meets weekly while hosting special event days.

City of San Pablo website

Updated 2016