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City of Chico climate action plan. Overview of Plan Components. 2005 Emissions Inventory Results. Total 2005 Emissions: 515,990 MteCO2. Emissions Inventory Baseline and Projections. Climate Action Plan Timeline. Fall 2010: Development of CAP 2011-2012: Phase I Implementation

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city of chico climate action plan

City of Chicoclimate action plan

Overview of Plan Components

2005 emissions inventory results
2005 Emissions Inventory Results

Total 2005 Emissions: 515,990 MteCO2

climate action plan timeline
Climate Action Plan Timeline
  • Fall 2010: Development of CAP
  • 2011-2012: Phase I Implementation
    • 2012: Evaluation of Phase I Success
  • 2013-2015: Phase II Implementation
    • 2015: Evaluation of Phase II Success
  • 2016-2020: Phase III Implementation
identified emissions reductions 2005 2010
Identified Emissions Reductions 2005-2010
  • Reductions monitored from all sectors community-wide
  • The aggregate impact of these emissions-reducing actions will reduce city-wide emissions levels by 62,413 MteCO2 annually by the end of 2010
  • Early Action Leaders Include:
expanded impact during phase i
Expanded Impact During Phase I
  • Identified Reduction Actions with an Increased Impact between 2010-2012:
    • Solar PV Installation
    • Hybrid Vehicles Sales
    • Home Weatherization
    • Lighting Efficiency Retrofits
    • Energy Star Appliance Sales
  • Their aggregate impact will reduce emissions levels by an additional 6,388 MteCO2 annually by the end of Phase I
phases ii iii
Phases II & III

Target Reductions

Phase II: 89,762 MteCO2

Phase III: 146,671 MteCO2

strategy sectors
Strategy Sectors


Water Conservation

Land Use & Mobility


Air Quality & Urban Forestry

Waste Management

City Government

general plan update
General Plan Update

Sustainability Element

Includes many Policies and Actions in most Elements which will impact emissions levels

Identified these Policies and Actions and organized them into the CAP Strategy Sectors

As the Identified Policies and Actions are implemented their emissions-reducing impacts can be measured or estimated using the CAP

prioritization of mitigation measures
Prioritization of Mitigation Measures

More than 80 potential mitigation measures identified by the Sustainability Task Force

The majority are promoted in the GPU

ICLEI’s CAPPA software provides standard assumptions for the different measures

Ranked by cost effectiveness: Price / MteCO2 mitigated / Year

cost benefit analysis
Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • The Institute for Sustainable Development is working in collaboration with Dr. Pete Tsournos’ Econ 466: Environmental & Natural Resource Economics class over the course of this Fall
  • Six senior-level students learning to run environmental cost-benefit analysis in the context of a real project for their community
implementation monitoring
Implementation Monitoring

Sustainability Task Force

City Sustainability Coordinator

Institute for Sustainable Development

Annual Emissions Inventorying

Oversight & Evaluation of Implementation of Phases


Best Practices State-Wide and Nationally

Grant Availability

Changes in Grid Mix and in Input Price Levels

additional components of the cap
Additional Components of the CAP

Business Climate Partnership


Outreach/ Education

business climate partnership
Business Climate Partnership
  • A Partnership of Local Businesses, Utilities & Institutions
    • Coming together to discuss climate change and potential effective and economically feasible local solutions
    • Developing and overseeing a Chico Green Business Program
    • Connecting businesses with relevant, valuable resources
    • Recognizing leading businesses for their actions
potential stakeholders
Potential Stakeholders

Chico Chamber of Commerce

Downtown Chico Business Association

Mayor’s Business Advisory Committee

North Valley Property Owners Association

Valley Contractors Exchange

Association of Realtors

CSU, Chico & Butte College

Butte County Association of Governments

PG&E & Cal Water Co.


PG&E Innovators Pilot information & results

Inventory Report, CAP Document

Personal Footprint & Personal Action Calculator

News & Information, Links, Resources, Updates

‘How Climate Change Affects Chico’ & Adaptation

Pages with resources tailored for: Businesses, Residents, Institutions

direct outreach
Direct Outreach
  • Sustainability Task Force Education Committee
    • Residential Outreach
      • Farmer’s Markets
      • Sustainability Events
      • Materials: Residents’ Guide, Free Efficiency Equipment
    • Website Promotion
    • Tree Program
  • Conferences/Workshops
    • November: This Way to Sustainability
    • December: Business Climate Partnership Kickoff
    • January: Public review of Draft Plan begins
direct outreach to schools
Direct Outreach to Schools

Outreach: Key to Successful Climate Action Campaigns

“Engaging youth in climate change deliberations helps

enrich a community’s climate change conversations and

educates young people about climate change and

sustainability issues.”

-California Air Resources Board

school outreach overview
School Outreach Overview

2011-2012 School Year Pilot

Target 1: Upper-level Elementary School

Target 2: Lower-level High School

elementary school overview
Elementary School Overview

Key Components

  • Education
  • Engagement
  • Exploration
education component
Education Component
  • What are Greenhouse Gasses?
  • What is Climate Change?
  • What are the potential implications?
    • Globally
    • Locally
  • What is being done about it?
    • Globally/Nationally
    • Locally
  • Develop lessons that can incorporate/ hit on multiple components of the grade level curriculum
  • For students in this age group the most effective way to bring the curriculum home is to pair it with engaging activities
potential engagement activities
Potential Engagement Activities
  • Crosswords, Word-Searches
  • Scavenger Hunt, Other Games
  • Poster Contest, Photo Contest
  • On-campus Audits of Energy, Waste, Water, etc.
  • Student Petitions for School Action
  • Traveling Climate Change Science Box
take home challenge
Take-Home Challenge
  • Design a Challenge for students to take home and work on with their families
  • Will first take baseline measurements of energy consumption and vehicle miles traveled for a period of one month
  • Will then attempt to reduce both
  • Could also include waste diversion, water consumption, etc.
  • Gateway Science Museum
    • Climate Change Conference, Winter 2011
    • Sustainability Exhibit, Summer 2011
    • Student Involvement
      • Assist in developing exhibits
      • Visits to exhibit
      • Interactive components?
    • Good models for future Collaborations
high school overview
High School Overview

Key Components

  • Education
  • Service-Learning Projects
  • Curriculum would cover issues in greater depth
  • Discussion of the science behind ClimateChange and arguments that have been made against it
  • Discussion of ClimateAction: best approaches, what’s happening locally
potential curriculum sources
Potential Curriculum Sources
  • World Wildlife Fund
    • Fifteen lesson plan
  • Department of Energy
    • Twenty eight lesson plan
  • Environmental Protection Agency
    • ‘Back to Basics’ Background Info
  • Alliance to Save Energy Green Campus Program
    • ‘Energy Saving Success Stories’
  • Many other good sources
  • Community Service/ Service-Learning Projects
  • Potential Projects:
    • Assist in development of GSM exhibit
    • Assist in implementation of Phase I of the City of Chico Climate Action Plan
    • Additional direct action in the community to reduce GHG emissions
    • Essay Contest?
    • Video Contest?
  • STF Education Committee had first meeting regarding these plan components Monday 10/25
  • Mary-Anne Pelladonnally to host a workshop for interested teachers on Friday Nov. 5 at TWTS
  • STF Education Committee will work with these teachers over the course of the year to develop curriculum, will host workshops
  • We are looking to educate kids about one of the seminal global issues of our time
  • We would like to foster in them a sense of involvement in and ownership of climate action in their community
  • Through educating and engaging students we hope to indirectly reach other members of their families and communities
  • By teaching kids about climate change we would be developing a vital resource in the long-term fight to curb climate change
contact information
Contact Information

The Institute for Sustainable Development

California State University, Chico

  • Fletcher Alexander

Economic Analyst


  • Scott Ellis

Economics Intern