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.

Climate Action Plan

Background

The first version of the 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 City of Piedmont’s Climate Action Plan 2.0 (PDF). CAP 2.0 replaces and provides an update to the previous Climate Action Plan, adopted by the City of Piedmont in 2010. CAP 2.0 was developed by City staff, CivicSpark Fellows, 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. The Climate Action Plan Task Force voted to recommend that City Council approve the draft of the CAP 2.0 with some minor edits at their Task Force meeting in January 2018. 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 planner Mira Hahn at mhahn@piedmont.ca.gov.

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

              CAP 2.0 Objectives

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 will need to conduct future GHG emissions inventories on a regular basis. For copies of previous reports to council, please contact planner Mira Hahn mhahn@piedmont.ca.gov.

City's East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) Enrollment

Piedmont was enrolled into EBCE’s 100% renewable energy plan both municipally and residentially 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).

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).

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: using LED lightbulbs, 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, and so on. To help you start or to do more, a list of available programs are provided below through links and helpful handouts:

  • Early Achievements (PDF)
  • Easy Next Steps (PDF)
  • Advanced Next Steps (PDF) 
  • Piedmont Public Works 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.