Climate Action Plan – Resources
The following links provide additional information on topics and themes related to the City’s Climate Action Plan.
What Can You Do Now to Improve Energy Efficiency and Conservation and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions?
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- Energy Upgrade California. Receive up to $4,000 in incentives for qualified home energy efficiency measures.
- Take a Free Energy Efficiency Class from PG&E.
What Can You Do Now to Reduce Car Trips?
- Spare the Air.
- Santa Clara Valley Regional Transit Authority – Use public transit or participate in Park & Ride programs
- Ride a Bike. The City provides bicycle safety tips and a bicycle map online.
How Can You Save Water?
City of Milpitas Water Conservation Information
How Can You Reduce Waste?
City of Milpitas Recycling Services & Information
Bay Area Groups that Address Climate Change:
- Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV) SSV promote sustainability through collaboration with local agencies, businesses, and community organizations.
- Joint Venture Silicon Valley Promotes the region’s economy and quality of life to address key issues, including climate change.
Energy Efficiency and Conservation:
CaliforniaFIRST – Finance improvements at your home or business
Take a Free Energy Efficiency Class from PG&E.
Get Rebates for Energy Efficiency and Conservation
California Urban Water Conservation Council
Support Local Farmers and Food
California Policy and Regulation:
- AB 32, the 2006 California Global Warming Solutions Act.Assembly Bill 32 requires California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The 2008 AB 32 Scoping Plan identifies early action and long-term measures to achieve this goal, including a recommended reduction by local governments.
- SB 375, Regional Targets for Transportation-Related Emissions Reductions.SB 375 enhances California’s ability to reach its AB 32 goals by promoting good planning with the goal of more sustainable communities.
State Climate Action Planning Resources:
- Cool California Local Government Toolkit
- California Institute for Local Government (ILG) San Francisco Bay Area Climate Portal
- California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA) Model Policies for Greenhouse Gases in General Plans
- OPR’s List of California Cities and Counties Addressing Climate Change
- Attorney General’s List of Local Government Green Building Ordinances in California
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and Climate Change:
- SB 97, CEQA Guidelinesand Climate Change SB 97 (Dutton), adopted in 2007, directs the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) to develop recommended changes to the State’s CEQA guidelines to address greenhouse gas emissions.
- California Attorney General Comment Letters on CEQA and Climate Change California Attorney General Jerry Brown has been active in commenting on CEQA documents that do not adequately address greenhouse gas emissions according to SB 97.
- Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) CEQA Guidelines for Addressing GHG Emissions The BAAQMD adopted an update to their CEQA Guidelinesin December 2010. The update includes GHG thresholds of significance to ensure that the Bay Area meets AB 32 targets.
Climate Change Science:
- U.S. EPA Climate Change Fact Sheet
- U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Understanding and Responding to Climate Change
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report: Climate Change 2007 Synthesis Report Summary for Policymakers
- Climate Change Science, Impacts, and Response Options for California California Energy Commission, 2008
- 2012 State of the Climate Report, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Climate Data Center
- Video Highlights of the 2009 State of the Climate Report, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Climate Data Center. View video.
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Services