Contra Costa County recognizes that climate change is a critical issue that poses a substantial long-term threat locally and globally. In 2005, the County Board of Supervisors acknowledged that local leadership is critical to address this urgent issue and formed the multi-departmental Climate Change Working Group comprised of top-level managers representing five County departments. The County has already implemented a wide range of policies and practices that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by reducing vehicular emissions, conserving energy and minimizing waste.
Contra Costa County Accomplishments:
General Plan Update
- Contra Costa County last updated its General Plan in 2005 to run through 2020. It includes elements on improving renewable energy access, improving bicycle and public transportation access and preservation of open spaces.
Climate Action Planning
- The County has released a draft Climate Action Plan in October of 2015 and it is currently under public review.
- The County’s Municipal Climate Action Plan was completed in 2008.
- Adopted the U.S. Cool Counties Climate Stabilization Declaration
- The County offers a variety of incentives, rebates, and free upgrades to qualifying residents. Click here for more info.
- Contra Costa County ranked second place among counties for total solar watts installed by the Northern California Solar Energy Association.
- Contra Costa County is offering rebates for energy upgrade retrofits through Energy Upgrade California.
- Contra Costa County has adopted the Green Building Guidelines to help encourage CC residents and builders to use green building materials and techniques for projects.
- Created a Reuse and Recycling Guide to provide County residents with all types of recycling programs for waste reduction.
- The Contra Costa County Environmental Action Program for Schools is a free program to help students become more aware of the environment through recycling, composting, waste prevention, and more.
- The Contra Costa Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) was developed to cover financial, technical, business development, permitting, and recycling assistance and offer loans to companies that qualify.
- Passed the Construction and Demolition Debris Recovery Program Ordinance requiring construction projects to reuse, recycle, or divert at least 50% of debris.
- The Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority provides solid waste and residential recycling services for Contra Costa County, as well as composting workshops and more.
- The Central Contra Costa Sanitary District provides recycled water to landscape irrigation, parks, schools, and to industrial use and recognized as a “Green Business” under the California Green Business Program
- The Contra Costa Water District holds water conservation workshops for the community and has high-efficiency toilet rebates for residents and commercial properties.
- The East Bay Municipal Utilities District offers a variety of rebates from their WaterSmart Center, irrigates with recycled water, and also created the East Bay Watershed Master Plan which manages lands and reservoirs to protect water quality and preserve environmental resources.
- The Central Contra Costa Transit Authority’s Go Green Sustainability Program replaced 40 of its 131 vehicles with “eco-warrior” vehicles, which reduce emissions by 85% and are made of 100% recyclable aluminum panels. 9 of the new buses are hybrids.
- The Contra Costa Transportation Authority adopted the Countywide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan in 2009. This plan proposes changes that affect walking and bicycling in Contra Costa and helps local jurisdictions become eligible for the Bicycle Transportation Account funds.
- The Contra Costa Transportation Authority is currently in the process of updating its Countywide Transportation Plan, one of the key planning tools called for in the Growth Management Program.
- The Contra Costa Transportation Authority, as a part of the Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA) allocates $1.3 million annually for projects that reduce air pollution caused by motor vehicles such as rideshare programs, clean fuel buses, and much more.
- The Contra Costa Superior Court ruled in favor of the conservation of 828 acres of farmland in Oakley.
- The Agricultural – Natural Resources Trust of Contra Costa County has helped protect about 4,000 acres of land, creating conservation and mitigation banks
- The East Contra Costa Habitat Conservancy is a combined effort between East CC cities to protect natural resources and streamline the environmental permitting process for impacts on endangered species.
- The Contra Costa Health Services Environmental Health branch enforces the standards for land use, solid waste, small water systems, medical waste, and more.
Last updated 2016