Climate Change & Sustainability
Sustainability means meeting the needs of current generations without impairing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainability is an important strategy for the long-term health of the people, economy, and environment of California.
Healdsburg’s sustainability targets:
- Reduce dependence on fossil-based energy supplies
- Develop and increase the use of renewable energy resources
- Engage and educate our customers to take a more active role in assessing their own energy and water use, and adopting personal sustainability habits
- Monitor, measure, and continually improve our sustainability practices
- Develop and increase the use of reclaimed water and preserve local water supply
- Promote and enhance sustainable transportation methods and reduce number of miles driven
Climate actions taken:
- Installed a floating solar array at the City’s Wastewater Treatment facility. The PV array was constructed in 2020 and is fully operational as of January 2021. It will produce about 8% of the City's electricity needs.
- Created an e-bike rebate program to encourage residents to bike around Healdsburg instead of driving a car to reduce GHG emissions and vehicle miles travelled.
- Implemented an Energy Reach Code to reduce fossil fuel combustion in new construction.
- Converted all municipal electric accounts to Healdsburg’s Green Rate (100% renewable energy).
- Retrofitted all City’s street and pathway lights to LED lighting.
- Provided low income direct install energy efficiency program in 340 single family and multifamily homes at no cost to residents. This saved approximately 287,000 kWh per year.
- Purchased a hybrid electric bucket truck, electric parking enforcement vehicle, and a plug-in hybrid to reduce the City vehicle fleet’s GHG emissions.
- Installed 12 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at City Hall. Provide free charging at nights and weekends.
- Continuously provide energy efficiency and water conservation programs including rebates and incentives, educational workshops, and in-person audits.
New Programs and Initiatives:
- Pursuing the procurement of low and no-carbon energy resources in order to lower the City’s overall energy carbon content to less than 200 pounds per megawatt-hour.
- Implementing a direct-install program for 200 income-qualified residents to increase attic insulation that will reduce energy costs and improve thermal comfort.
Climate Action Plan & GHG Emission Inventories
The City of Healdsburg, in collaboration with Sonoma County's Regional Climate Authority (RCPA), along with the other eight incorporated jurisdictions of Sonoma County, and the County of Sonoma itself, created a draft Climate Action Plan (CAP). The draft CAP includes both regional measures (to be implemented by regional agencies with local government support) and local measures (to be implemented by local governments) to achieve target GHG emission reductions and adapt to climate change.