San Ramon Accomplishments:
General Plan Update
- The City of San Ramon last updated their General Plan in 2011. It includes elements on greenhouse gas management, transportation, water conservation, green building and energy efficiency. San Ramon General Plan
Climate Action Planning
- City of San Ramon Climate Action Plan was adopted by City Council in 2011. It contains strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions 15% below 2008 levels by 2020.
- General Plan 2030 adopted by the City Council on April 26, 2011 includes GHG emission reduction policies and aim to meet the CA Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006
- Community Wide Greenhouse Gas Inventory completed as part of the 2030 General Plan.
- San Ramon businesses certified by the Bay Area Green Business Program are posted on City website. There are currently 24 certified Green Businesses in the City. Created Sustainable Business Guide to help San Ramon businesses looking to reduce operating costs and become greener.
- The City of San Ramon and 511 Contra Costa encourages the use of commute alternatives and is committed to providing San Ramon residents with cost effective and convenient alternatives to driving alone.
- The San Ramon City Center project approved in 2008 will be a LEED Silver certified project.
- Converted traffic signals to LED lighting in 2006.
- The Sustainable Business Guideencourages San Ramon businesses to use energy efficient products and save on energy bills.
- Converted City parking lot lighting to LED technology in 2009. Changes could reduce energy costs by approximately 50%.
- San Ramon was awarded an EECBG grant to convert approximately 600 streetlights to light-emitting diode (LED) in 2011.
- The City encourages the use of energy saving devices by its residents at home.
- The City has posted Green Building Guidelines for new and remodeled homes to reduce construction waste and improve energy efficiency and water conservation. Through this and other ordinances San Ramon requires a 50% waste diversion to reduce waste going to landfill. http://www.ci.san-ramon.ca.us/gprc/images/publicfacilities.pdf
- The City of San Ramon has a residential recycling program and is encouraging businesses to recycle.
- San Ramon Residents can recycle household hazardous waste through the On-Call Door-to-Door Household Hazardous Waste program.
- Valley Waste Management provides Special Clean-Up Days three times during each calendar year in San Ramon.
- The City of San Ramon conducts three Recycling Drop-Off Events per year to collect: Re-usable thrift store items – Electronic waste – Cardboard / Paper/ Bottles & Cans – Scrap metal – Yard trimmings / Green waste – Clean wood waste.
- San Ramon offers residents a reduced price for a back yard composting bin. Residents can attend any of FREE home composting workshops provided by the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority.
- The San Ramon Police Department offers a free Pharmaceutical Disposal Program service all year round.
Water Conservation and Quality
- As a result of implementing strict water conservation strategies during 2009 the City saved approximately 40 million gallons. The strategies included using “smart” controllers that cut irrigation run times by approximately 10%. http:/www.ci.san-ramon.ca.us/general/images/sum10.pdf
- The City re-landscaped the median along of Bollinger Canyon Road with drought-tolerant and native plants and water conserving irrigation system. The City expects to save over $14,000 on annual maintenance.
- The PG&E Corridor Landscaping Project is is expected to be completed in July 2012. The project includes installing a recycled water irrigation system and drought tolerant plants. Recycled water comes from recently installed Pine Valley Road pipeline.
- North Camino Ramon Specific Plan vision is for a mixed-use district with a blend of multi-modal transportation options.
- The City of San Ramon and 511 Contra Costa encourages the use of alternative modes of transportation.
- The San Ramon Farmers Market is located at Bishop Ranch is runs on Thursdays and Saturdays. http://sanramonfarmersmarket.wordpress.com/about/
- The city allows the keeping of domestic chickens. http://www.ci.san-ramon.ca.us/plan/faqs.html
- The General Plan contains an element on preserving open space. http://www.ci.san-ramon.ca.us/gprc/images/openspaceconv.pdf
- Residents voted to reject a plan to develop land in Tassajarra Valley, preserving the open space there. http://www.savemountdiablo.org/lands_landuse_tassajara_valley.html
- The City provides residents with a number of helpful environmental links
- Sustainable San Ramon is a community-based non-profit organization promoting sustainable living and providing resources for residents of San Ramon.
City of San Ramon Website