Council adopts Climate Action Plan in hopes of reducing greenhouse gas emissions

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Photo/Rocio Aguayo: The Colton City Council during a September meeting.

The City Council on Tuesday passed a resolution that will allow for Colton to move forward with a Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It passed unanimously with no contention.

In accordance to federal and state regulations, local governments are required to address reducing emissions that impact the environment. A Climate Action Plan is a document that identifies measures to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions under a city’s jurisdictional control. Greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide.

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Courtesy Photo: Mark Tomich, Development Services Director for the City of Colton.

“This is a culmination of combination with 20 cities in the County to comply with State and Regional greenhouse gas reduction policies and legislation,” said Development Services director Mark Tomich. “The ultimate benefits will be to streamline CEQA (the California Environmental Quality Act) for future developers and projects that come before us to avoid lengthy Greenhouse Gas emissions analysis, as well as meet our Greenhouse Gas reduction targets.”

With the help of Environmental Sustainability and Conservation supervisor Jessica Sutorus and other staff, the plan includes information on transportation planning, utility incentive programs, the city’s reduction profile and reduction measures.

In regards to local reduction, which the city has extensive control over, four energy measures (energy efficiency for existing buildings, outdoor lighting, solar installation for new housing and existing commercial and industrial projects), two on-road transportation measures (sustainable community strategy and smart bus technologies), three off-road equipment measures (construction equipment, landscaping equipment, and an idling ordinance), one waste management measure (waste diversion), three water measures (tier 1 voluntary Calgreen standards for new construction, water efficient landscape practices, and methane recovery), one land use urban forestry measure (urban tree planting program) and a development performance standard were all selected for the city.

By selecting the measures, the city will be able to exceed its reduction target by 33-percent by the year 2020.

“Even though not all measures were chosen, the ones that were selected far exceeded the target,” explained senior planner Jay Jarrin. “In raw figures it means 16-percent less emissions estimated by 2020.”

 

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