Sustainability Program Priorities 2016

San Rafael’s Climate Change Action Plan is organized by:

  • Our Lifestyles – transit-oriented development, non-auto, energy efficient vehicles, waste reduction
  • Our Buildings – resource & energy conservation, renewable energy, water conservation
  • Our Environment – urban forestry, local food, habitat protection, adaptation to climate change
  • Our Economy – green businesses, social equity

Our Lifestyles

2015 Accomplishments

  • Implemented changes in bill format, messaging, bundle for residential, recycling cart fees, & per-gallon analysis
  • Installed and opened multi-use path along Hetherton to Transit Center
  • Continued zero waste and bag reduction outreach, including creation of new Waste-Wise Business Spotlight,
    conducting reusable bag outreach in the Canal Neighborhood, and instituting composting at City Hall

2016 Goals

  • High priority – Review MSS outreach and billing analysis with Franchisors’ Group in spring and make recommendations to Council
  • High priority – Work with SMART, TAM and Marin Transit to enhance low-carbon transit connectivity and public outreach
  • Medium – Install green ‘sharrows’ in high traffic locations for bike safety. Identify one bike lane to make a greenway. Prioritize connections to adjacent communities and SMART connectivity.
  • Medium- Investigate updating City refuse ordinance to be consistent with state regulations and to mandate back-haul and self-haul diversion data. Consider mandatory recycling ordinance.
  • Low- Investigate potential for reuse facilities for domestic and construction materials

Ongoing Efforts

  • Support efforts of Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and assist with implementation of Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan
  • Install electric vehicle charging stations annually as parking lots are renovated
  • Support implementation of commercial composting and Food to Energy programs
  • Conduct outreach to reduce single-use bag use and support single-use bag ordinance

Our Buildings

2016 Goals:

  • High priority Complete construction of solar power systems on City facilities as part of Solar SEED Project
  • High priority Implement LEED certification for new public safety facility
  • High priority Recommend to move some or all of city facilities and infrastructure to Deep Green power through the Fiscal Year 2016-17 budget process

Our Environment

2015 Accomplishments:

Secured FEMA grant for completion of Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

2016 Goals:

  • High priority Develop Local Hazard Mitigation Plan with a climate overlay
  • High priority Work with County to complete county-wide vulnerability assessment and engage residents in the process, especially in underserved communities

Our Economy

2015 Accomplishments:

  • Continued to support Chamber Green Business Committee and programs including development of new Green Briefs sustainability workshops and lectures

Ongoing Efforts

  • Support Chamber Green Business Committee and green business events

Community Outreach and Empowerment

2015 Accomplishments

  • Secured funding for FT Resilient Neighborhoods assistant to promote and amplify the program
  • Secured funding and agency commitments for water conservation program
  • Continued to promote and develop City Green Team and Employee Commute Program, including popular Earth Day events and waste reduction efforts at City events
  • Chaired steering committee for Marin Climate Energy Partnership

2016 Goals

  • High priority Implement community-wide Water Conservation engagement program
  • Medium Apply for Gold Level Beacon Award for Sustainability

Ongoing Efforts

  • Support Chamber Green Business Committee and green business events
  • Support Resilient Neighborhoods program
  • CCAP Quarterly meetings
  • City Green Team and Employee Commute Program
  • Participate in Marin Climate Energy Partnership in leadership capacity

Monitoring

2015 Accomplishments

  • Completed two-year Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy report

2016 Goals

  • High Priority Complete annual Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy report
  • Medium Begin preparation of 5-year greenhouse gas inventory with an eye toward updating the Climate Action Plan

Ongoing Efforts

  • Meet annual commitments of Compact of Mayors

Summary of 2016 High Priority Goals

  • Review MSS outreach & billing analysis with Franchisors’ Group in spring, and make recommendations to Council
  • Work with SMART, TAM and Marin Transit to enhance low-carbon transit connectivity and public outreach
  • Complete construction of solar power systems on City facilities as part of Solar SEED Project
  • Implement LEED certification for new public safety facility
  • Recommend to move some or all of city facilities and infrastructure to Deep Green power through the Fiscal Year 2016-17 budget process
  • Develop Local Hazard Mitigation Plan with a climate overlay
  • Work with County to complete county-wide vulnerability assessment and engage residents in the process, especially in underserved communities
  • Implement community-wide Water Conservation engagement program
  • Complete annual Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy report

Additional Resources:
City Council Sustainability Priorities for 2016

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