City of Piedmont Climate Action Program

Vision Statement

Climate change is a human-induced global crisis that is currently causing environmental and social misfortune. Ever mindful of the consequences this crisis poses for future generations, the residents of Piedmont recognize that we must all take action to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through electrifying homes, driving gasoline cars less, purchasing goods and services responsibly and more. By acting locally, our small city can make a contribution to a worldwide effort. Accordingly, the City of Piedmont has developed its second version of its Climate Action Plan (CAP) in a significant step toward achieving our greenhouse gas reduction goals. The City adopted the CAP 2.0 in March of 2018.

Please click on the links below to learn more about: 
The City of Piedmont's Climate Action Plan
Implementation of the Climate Action Plan
Upcoming Events and Current Projects
Previous Events
How you can make a change!

If you are interested in signing up for Planning and Building's monthly climate action newsletter, please click here

Climate Data

Energy Use-- Piedmont electricity is supplied by East Bay Community Energy, a CCA operating in Alameda County. Residents can switch to any of the rate plans listed below, or opt out of EBCE service and use PG&E as a supplier.

 Total Piedmont Electricity Accounts 4,037 
 Bright Choice accounts  197
 Brilliant 100 accounts  94
 Renewable 100 accounts  3,546
 PG&E accounts  ~200

Service Plans-- the service plans offered by EBCE have different emissions rates.
EBCE's 2019 Power Mix

Natural gas use-- Natural gas is one of the largest sources of carbon emissions inside Piedmont.

Year   Residential Natural Gas usage (Therms)
 2015  2,418,450
 2016  2,553,383
 2017  2,660,336
 2018  2,665,857
 2019  2,757,352

Electricity use--Electricity to residential homes in Piedmont is largely renewable, as 93% of households are on the Renewable 100 plan (see above).

Year  Total aggregate electrical usage in kWh for PG&E residential customers. 
 2015 27,335,228
 2016  27,121,663
 2017  27,025,646
 2018  22,336,232
 2019  2,193,705

Solar installations-- between 2001 and Sept. 2020, there were 575 solar projects that were approved or finaled by the City’s Building department.

GHG Emissions data

GHG inventories and reports. City staff completes GHG inventories annually to measure Climate Action Plan progress.

You can read the GHG inventory and staff report from past years below. Inventories are completed two years after the calendar year. Additionally, you can read through the presentation staff delivered to Council this year.

The GHG inventory used in Piedmont is an in-boundary inventory, meaning that it only accounts for emissions inside the City. In order to account for all consumption Piedmonters do, we would need to use a consumption based inventory, like what the Cool Climate Berkeley team has worked on.

Year Inventory and Staff Report  Council PPT 
 2019  Download  Download
 2018  Download  Download
 2017  Download  Download


Climate Action Plan

Background

The initial Climate Action Plan (PDF) was adopted by City Council in March of 2010. The CAP defines climate change and its potential effects, outlines actions the City and State are taking to address climate change, describes how residents and business owners can participate in greenhouse gas reduction efforts, details the City’s strategy to be consistent with applicable state regulations, and provides guidance to City officials and departments charged with implementing the measures and policies contained within the plan.

On March 19, 2018, City Council adopted the Climate Action Plan 2.0 (PDF). CAP 2.0 was developed by City staff and a Climate Action Plan Task Force of Piedmont residents with expertise in various aspects of climate solutions who were appointed by the City Council. While City staff researched the latest emissions reduction strategies and developed the draft CAP, the CAP Task Force provided review and advice throughout the process. View the March 19 staff presentation (PDF) or the abridged version of CAP 2.0 (PDF).

For more information on the public process that helped develop the draft plan, please contact the Planning & Building Department

Updates on the Climate Action Plan

For an update on the Piedmont CAP and what actions households can take, please visit this page. 

 

Purpose

The purpose of the CAP 2.0 is to support current statewide climate efforts, provide a pathway for Piedmont to reduce GHG emissions 40% by 2030, and be on track to reduce emissions 80% by 2050.

CAP 2.0 Objectives

Climate Action objectives

Climate Action Implementation

City staff provides periodic reports to Council on current implementation practices that were set forth in both versions of the CAP. In order to measure the success of implementation and the effect it has towards the City’s GHG reduction goal, the City continues to conduct GHG emissions inventories on a regular basis. For copies of previous reports to council, please contact the Planning and Building Department at (510) 420-3051, or visit the City Council Staff Reports page

City's East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) Enrollment

Piedmont's municipal and residential accounts were enrolled into EBCE’s 100% renewable energy plan in November of 2018. EBCE is a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program, which is a community- governed program authorized by California law in 2002, that pools the electric load of participating accounts for the purpose of purchasing and developing cleaner power at lower rates. The City and its residents being enrolled into a 100% renewable energy plan will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions the City produces; therefore, making significant steps towards reaching the CAP 2.0 objectives. For more information: Piedmont's Participation in East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) (PDF).

Piedmont Climate Challenge

The City of Piedmont has launched a platform, the Piedmont Climate Challenge, to help residents reduce their carbon footprint. Residents can use the platform to learn about their household’s greenhouse gas emissions and to plan lifestyle changes to reduce their carbon footprint. Residents can also use the platform to have a friendly competition: which residents can reduce their Carbon footprint the most? Community organization Piedmont Connect is working with the City to tell residents about the platform and help them sign up.

The 3rd year of the challenge starts soon, and we need YOUR help!

The best way to reduce community emissions are to engage as many people in the community as possible. Reach out to friends, neighbors, and folks you know from houses of worship, school, and other activities! The challenge works best when folks from different backgrounds come together to work on it.

Additionally, we want residents who signed up for the challenge last year to continue to engage with it this year. Please log on again and see what actions are new. There is always more that we can do in our households. 

Last year, the community exceeded expectations with how many people signed up. Let’s do it again. We are here to assist you, answer any questions you might have, and help brainstorm ways to get the community involved!

If you have questions about the website, or want to do more in helping to sign people up, please send email inquiries to Alyssa Dykman at adykman@piedmont.ca.gov.  

To sign up for the Piedmont Challenge platform, go here. 

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Upcoming Events/Current Projects

Climate Action Survey

The City of Piedmont's Sustainability Division is seeking input from residents and relevant stakeholders on issues pertaining to climate action. Fill out the survey linked below to provide your ideas, concerns, or comments. This survey is voluntary and anonymous/confidential. Fill out the survey here: https://forms.gle/jWksRozVqgMEfcws8

Previous Events

Reach Codes  - Community Forum and Workshops

The City of Piedmont is holding a series of events to get input from the community about possible changes to the local building code.  As of January 1, 2020, new statewide standards codified by the California Energy Commission (CEC) for building energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions have gone into effect. The new standards include more stringent energy efficiency requirements and solar panel installation for new residential buildings. The CEC is encouraging local governments to adopt local ordinances – “Reach Codes” - in order to meet higher standards for energy efficiency, which help achieve increased savings of energy and money, further reduce emissions, and support jurisdictions in their efforts to meet their Climate Action goals.

Staff is researching ways to reduce natural gas use in buildings and to increase solar panel installations, both to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to increase residential resiliency to power outages and other effects of climate change.

The City wants to hear residents’ thoughts as it considers possible code changes. Planning and Building Department Staff will be holding four workshops for members of the building industry and residents to discuss possible changes with each other and the City, and give more detailed feedback. Please see below for dates and times: 

During these workshops, the City will collect community input as it develops its final reach code recommendations to go to City Council.

The City encourages any interested residents and/or building industry contractors to attend the Forum and workshops and give their feedback.

For more information, please contact Building Official Craig Griffin at cgriffin@piedmont.ca.gov.

For more information, please see our page on the Reach Codes community events

Climate Challenge Platform Informational Event - November 7, 2019

On November 7, 2019 in collaboration with Piedmont Connect, the City hosted an informational event to let residents know about the Climate Challenge Platform and encourage them to sign up. The event was held from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the Piedmont Community Hall. The film "Ice on Fire", produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio was also screened at the Event. For more information, here is the Staff presentation given after the film screening (PDF).  

Tasting a Sustainable Future: Piedmont Climate Action Fair & Reception

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019,  the City of Piedmont and Piedmont Connect hosted a fair and reception to celebrate Earth Day week. The event concentrated on the consumption, which comprises a large portion of emissions emitted in Piedmont. The fair-type event showcased different sectors of consumption: transportation, food, water, home energy, clothes, and waste. Attendees had the opportunity to learn how to purchase more sustainably, reduce their food waste, conserve water, travel greener, and electrify their homes. Representatives of the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), and StopWaste, as well as members of Piedmont’s community and City staff were present to share resources and information. 

Community Workshop

On November 8, 2018, the City hosted a community workshop “How to Achieve Climate Action Goals at Home: Energy Efficiency.” The intent of this workshop was to help residents determine how they can achieve climate action goals at home while also learning more information about Piedmont’s new Community Choice Aggregate (CCA), EBCE. The workshop included presentations from East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), StopWaste, and Community Energy Services Corporation (CESC). The presenters guided residents and students on how to make their homes more efficient as well as answer many questions about EBCE.

For more information, here are the presentations by StopWaste (PDF), EBCE (PDF), and CESC (PDF).

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You Can Make a Change!

There are a multitude of ways to reduce your carbon footprint, some of which you are already doing or have done: recycling, composting, consuming responsibly, improving home energy efficiency, installing energy efficient appliances, replacing your landscapes with drought-friendly landscaping, driving a hybrid or electric vehicle, walking to work, using LED light bulbs, and so on. To help you start or to do more, a list of available programs are provided below through links and helpful handouts:

  • Easy Next Steps (PDF)
  • Advanced Next Steps (PDF) 
  • Piedmont Planning & Building Department – Please contact us for information regarding city recycling programs, permits for your home energy upgrade projects, and information on other local and regional energy and water efficiency programs. Please also let us know if you want to receive future notices of meetings and activities related to the Climate Action Program and you can be added to the City’s Climate Email List.
  • The City of Piedmont has streamlined the process and reduced the fees for Building Permits to install solar energy systems. Call (510) 420-3050 for more information.
  • Carbon Footprint Calculators are available from PG&E, the Nature Conservancy, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Piedmont Connect is a local community group that supports local efforts toward environmental sustainability in Piedmont.
  • StopWaste.Org is the Alameda County resource for recycling, reducing waste, Green Building, Bay-Friendly Landscaping, and composting, all of which help reduce carbon emissions.
  • The California Climate Change Portal is a source for state GHG emissions reduction programs and global climate change information.

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