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Climate Action Plan

The City of Monterey Climate Action Plan (CAP) is our local effort to address environmental problems that, although global in scope, affect our future as a community. The CAP consists of an audit of 2005 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and GHG emissions reduction strategies for both the community (emissions within our City borders) and government operations (emission resulting from the activities associated with managing the City). The CAP also incorporates achievements made to meet the goals of the Mayors Climate Protection Agreement and the Urban Environmental Accords, which the City became a signatory to in 2007.

Climate Action Plan

Energy & Climate Action Plan

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Environmental Programs
526 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 646-5662
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Ted J. Terrasas, REHS
Sustainability Coordinator
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Emissions reductions for the community audit were categorized into residential, commercial and industrial, transportation and waste. The government operations audit was more detailed. It was categorized into building and facilities, employee commute, vehicle fleet, streetlight and traffic signals, and water delivery and wastewater.
The 2005 baseline emissions level for the community is 227,032 Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide (MTCO2). The baseline emissions level for government operations is 6,634 MTCO2.
Emissions targets are to reduce CO2 output by 56,758 MTCO2 and 1,659 MTCO2 respectively by the year 2020. The goals are based on the reductions recommended by the Urban Environmental Accords. These targets exceed the goals set by AB32 and represent ambitious, yet achievable, emissions reductions that are cost effective and include the progress that has been made in reducing emissions between 2005 and today.
Reduction strategies for both emissions audits include existing programs and policies as well as recommendations for new approaches. The reductions are spread throughout the emissions categories (such as vehicle fleet, buildings and facilities, etc.). The programs and policies offer short-term and long-term strategies that, together, set Monterey on a course to achieve the reduction targets.
In addition to internal reduction strategies, the City of Monterey is actively participating in regional planning to address emissions resulting from regional activity, including transportation and land use.
Finally, implementation and monitoring strategies will help ensure the goals and objectives designed to reduce GHG emissions and improve the sustainability of our community are met.

Reduction Programs

 

 

Implementation Timeframe

 

 

Reduction Sector

 

 

 

Addressed

 

 

Anticipated Participants

 

 

Green Building Ordinance – Requires new development to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards and significant remodels to meet "Build It Green" standards.

 

 

Complete

 

 

High

 

 

Green Business Certification – Businesses throughout the community voluntarily participate in green business certification processes, which contribute to their energy savings and waste reduction.

 

 

Ongoing

 

 

(Chamber of Commerce)

 

 

Energy Retrofits through AMBAG – Businesses and residential dwellings have voluntarily participated in AMBAGs energy efficiency program.

 

 

Ongoing

 

 

(AMBAG)

 

 

Solar Financing (AB811) – Participate in regional efforts to provide financing for individual home and business owners.

 

 

Pending State

 

 

 

and Federal Regulation

 

 

Low

 

 

Rent-Retrofit Rebate – Develop program to incentivize renters and landlords to implement energy efficiency and weatherization.

 

 

Medium Term

 

 

(Planning)

 

 

Military Shuttle Bus – Work with the military to enhance the shuttle program from areas of high military residential living to DLI and NPS.

 

 

Medium Term

 

 

(NPS and DLI)

 

 

Monterey Branch Line – Complete design and construction of bus rapid transit or light rail into the Downtown area.

 

 

Medium Term

 

 

(TAMC)

 

 

Design and construct BRT lines from Lighthouse and North Fremont into Downtown Monterey.

 

 

Long Term

 

 

(TAMC)

 

 

Parking Management Program – Set parking costs to encourage alternative modes of transit and increase amount of bicycle parking.

 

 

Medium Term

 

 

(Traffic)

 

 

Implement Bicycle Transportation Plan – Design and construct a network of bicycle lanes and end-of-use facilities throughout Monterey.

 

 

Ongoing

 

 

(Traffic)

 

 

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations – Continue to develop charging station throughout Monterey and work with regional partners to expand charging network.

 

 

Ongoing

 

 

(DMV?)

 

 

Safe Routes to School – Work with the school district to encourage students to walk and bicycle to school.

 

 

Ongoing

 

 

(MPUSD)

 

 

Transit Orientated Development – Integrate Commercial and Residential development to each other and to be near mass transit opportunities.

 

 

Ongoing

 

 

(Planning)

 

 

Composting – Continue pilot program to collect kitchen waste from commercial operations (restaurants, conference centers, grocery stores).

 

 

Ongoing

 

 

(Waste Management)

 

 



Military Shuttle Bus – Work with the military to enhance the shuttle program from areas of high military residential living to DLI and NPS.

Medium Term

(NPS and DLI)

Monterey Branch Line – Complete design and construction of bus rapid transit or light rail into the Downtown area.

Medium Term

(TAMC)

Design and construct BRT lines from Lighthouse and North Fremont into Downtown Monterey.

Long Term

(TAMC)

Parking Management Program – Set parking costs to encourage alternative modes of transit and increase amount of bicycle parking.

Medium Term

(Traffic)

Implement Bicycle Transportation Plan – Design and construct a network of bicycle lanes and end-of-use facilities throughout Monterey.

Ongoing

(Traffic)

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations – Continue to develop charging station throughout Monterey and work with regional partners to expand charging network.

Ongoing

(DMV?)

Safe Routes to School – Work with the school district to encourage students to walk and bicycle to school.

Ongoing

(MPUSD)

Transit Orientated Development – Integrate Commercial and Residential development to each other and to be near mass transit opportunities.

Ongoing

(Planning)

Composting – Continue pilot program to collect kitchen waste from commercial operations (restaurants, conference centers, grocery stores).

Ongoing

(Waste Management)

Energy Demand Response – Monterey began participation in a PG&E energy saving program that enables customers to contribute to energy load reduction during times of peak demand. The PG&E demand response programs also offers financial incentives for load reduction during times of peak demand.

Complete

$

Variable

Lighting Retrofit – Continue to replace lighting systems with energy efficient options. Upcoming Projects (2011-2014): Tennis court lights, Tunnel Lights

Street Lights and Parking Lot Lights as well as HVAC Upgrade in Council Chambers and a Cogeneration Project.

Short Term

$-$$$$

High

Weatherization - Protects a building and its interior from the elements, particularly from sunlight, precipitation, and wind, and modifies a building to reduce energy consumption and optimize energy efficiency. Weatherization often includes, insulation, sealing, installing storm doors and windows.

Ongoing

$-$$$

Low-Medium

Energy Efficiency Education - Conduct brown bag meeting for employees, educating them on ways to save energy within their offices.

Ongoing

$

Low



Transportation Reduction Strategies

Implementation Timeframe

Cost

Estimated Reduction

Construct a bicycle connection from Hawthorne Street to the Lower Presidio – Improve bicycle connections from New Monterey to Old Monterey, This project would eliminate a barrier in developing the New Monterey Bicycle Boulevard.

Short Term

$$

Community

Wide

Public Transit Vouchers – Provide employees with discounted bus passes through existing Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST).

Short Term

$

Varies

Participate in Federal Incentive Programs – The federal government offers tax savings for bicycle commuters.

Short Term

$

Low

Employee Vanpool and Ridematch – Operate 2-3 vans for employee commute and connect employees who live in close proximity to each other to voluntarily ride together.

Medium Term

$$

Low

Implement East Downtown Bicycle Boulevard – Complete painting and signage encouraging bicycle use along Pearl St. into downtown Monterey.

Medium Term

$

Community

Wide

Parking Demand Management – Charge employees for parking in City lots. This would be a financial disincentive to drive a personal automobile.

Medium Term

$

Low

Cash Incentive for Alternative Transit – Rather than charging to park (as described in the Parking Demand Management program), this program offers financial rewards to not park. Employees that bicycle, walk, bus, vanpool or use motorcycles/scooters would receive money back.

Medium Term

$

Low

Monterey Branch Line – Complete design and construction of bus rapid transit or light rail into the Downtown area.

Long Term

$$$$

Community

Wide

Bus Rapid Transit – Design and construct BRT lines from Lighthouse and North Fremont into Downtown Monterey.

Long Term

$$$

Community

Wide

Flexible Schedule – Offer eligible employees the opportunity to work from home, or to work longer days, with more days off.

Long Term

$

Low