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.

Martinez

Martinez Accomplishments

General Plan Update

Climate Action Planning

  • Martinez published their Climate Action Plan in June of 2009. The CAP included elements on transportation, electricity and natural gas, solid waste and water.
  • Completed a city-wide greenhouse gas inventory with 2005 as their base year
  • Signed a 10-year agreement with Allied Waste, part of this agreement designates $25,000 per year for its diversion reporting and Climate Action Planning. See more below under “Waste Reduction”.

Energy

  • City Hall, Chamber of Commerce and Police Department offices received a “Green Business” certification from Contra Costa County’s Green Business Program, and were rewarded for their energy conservation, water conservation, and pollution prevention.
  • Purchased four electric city vehicles and installed three electric vehicle-charging stations in downtown Martinez.
  • Replaced 114 HPS lights to energy efficient LED lighting in 2011, and 66 more Metal Halide lights to LED’s on the Marina Vista Streetscape with EECBG funding.
  • The City passed the “Energy Update California” that will provide $1.1 million in funding to home energy retrofits.
  • Martinez follows the State’s Green Building Code and adopted updates to reflect the new standards in December 2013 and January 2014.

Waste Reduction

  • Adopted a plastic bag ban ordinance which went into effect January 2015.
  • Conducted a number of composting workshops as well as 9 “Compost in the Classroom” classes for Martinez Elementary schools to teach the benefits of composting.
  • Participated in the Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE), enabling property owners to finance the up-front costs for energy efficiency projects through their property tax bills.
  • Agreement with Allied Waste establishing a 10-year garbage and recycling collection service, as well as providing a Solid Waste and Recycling program to decrease waste production for residents and businesses.

Water Conservation

Transportation

  • Study called the Downtown Martinez Community-Based Transportation Plan (CBTP) created to identify and resolve transportation needs of city residents.
  • Martinez reduces the transportation of food by supporting local agriculture through its two weekly farmers markets.

Open Space

  • The City initiated a collaborative project with the State Coastal Conservancy to educate students on watershed management and the restoration of Alhambra Creek.

Community Support

  • Martinez hosts the California Youth Energy Program where local youth gain paid work experience providing free energy and water efficiency services.
  • The Martinez Environmental Group aggregates information and citizens together to discuss and take action of health and environmental issues affecting Martinez and surrounding cities.

City of Martinez website

Last updated 2015