City of Santa Monica
United States

Population: 92472
Area of jurisdiction: 21.8 km2

Commitments

  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Baseline scenario (BAU) GHG reduction target: 15% by 2015 (1990) 30% by 2015 (1990)
Fixed-level GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Carbon intensity reduction target: n/a n/a
Renewable energy target: n/a n/a
Energy efficiency target: n/a n/a
Government and Community: CO2(e) targets

Performance

Community GHG Emissions
Total ( n/a ):  0 tCO2e
Government GHG Emissions
Total ( 2011 ):  37,811 tCO2e

Other available GHG inventories: 1990, 2000, 2007, 2011

Mitigation actions

Bike Action Plan
The Bike Action Plan is a statement of community priorities that will guide and coordinate implementation of bicycle programs and the LUCE bicycle network, and encourage residents, employees, and visitors to make bicycling their transportation of choice. It outlines where the community wants to go and how to get there, laying out a bold 20-year vision and a 5-year implementation strategy. The document also reviews the policy context and goals, assesses current conditions, identifies resources for project development and implementation, and includes a monitoring program to ensure accountability and flexibility. The Plan outlines programs and a network of bikeways that form the City’s implementation priorities for the near and long-term. The Plan supports efforts to collaborate with community partners including businesses, employers and schools. Finally, the Plan is expected to meet State Bicycle Transportation Account requirements, making the City eligible to apply for state funding pursuant to that legislation. Start year 2011
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Climate Action Plan
15x15 Climate Action Plan lists 15 measures that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 15% below 1990 baseline levels. The measures have been listed as actions. Start year 2013
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Monitor greenhouse gas emissions
Conduct a greenhouse gas emissions inventory every three years. Develop and implement a data management protocol for greenhouse gas emissions indicators. Start year  
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Type Assessment/Research
Status In progress
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Reduce municipal greenhouse gas emissions
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from municipal fleet fuel use: i.) Convert the Big Blue Bus fleet to 100% natural gas; ii.) Implement a car sharing program that will reduce the size of the City’s vehicle fleet. Save one million kWh from buildings and facilities annually through energy efficiency and conservation: i.) Update and adopt a new energy efficiency plan for municipal facilities ii.) Construct all new municipal buildings to achieve LEED Gold level certification or higher; iii.) Create a revolving fund program to finance energy efficiency retrofits; iv.) Retrofit at 100% of streetlights using LED or induction technology; v.) Implement a strategy to reduce energy from electronic equipment, like office printer reductions. Increase use of solar technology on City facilities: i.) Install solar thermal systems on the Santa Monica Swim Center and all city fire stations; ii.) Install an additional 500 kW of solar photovoltaic capacity on City buildings. Start year  
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Increase the production and consumption of local food
Increase sales at city-operated farmers markets by 2% annually. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Reduce consumption of carbon intensive foods
Encourage community to reduce meat and dairy consumption citywide by promoting Meatless Mondays and the Cool Foods pledge. Commit to reducing meat and dairy purchases by 15% and encourage large institutions to participate. Start year  
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
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Reduce water demand by 200,000 gallons per day
Complete and implement the Water Self-Sufficiency Plan. Implement education and outreach programs and provide rebates for water saving fixtures and water efficient landscaping to reduce water use by 2 gallons per person per day. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Expand the age, diversity and number of trees in the urban forest
Plant at least 600 net new trees on public property and encourage planting trees on private property. Complete the initial phase of the city’s carbon offset pilot project, the first-ever under the California Air Resources Board’s new urban forest protocol. Start year  
Sector Agriculture, Forest and Other Land Use (AFOLU)
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Create vibrant mixed use villages that enhance neighborhoods
Focus new development within a ¼ mile of transit-oriented activity centers, open space and grocery stores. Adopt a Complete Green Streets policy that requires amenities for pedestrians and bicyclists, promotes walkable neighborhoods and green spaces and calms traffic. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Expand public and private infrastructure to support electric vehicle technology
Update the Santa Monica’s Building and Zoning Codes and negotiate Development Agreements to facilitate charging station installations. Provide outreach, education and incentives to increase residential infrastructure to 500 220-V chargers. Add 200 publicly accessible electric vehicle chargers at locations community wide. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Increase biking and walking mode share to 15 percent
Complete 5-year Implementation Plan of the Bike Action Plan by establishing a bike-sharing program and expanding bike network to 69 miles of bike lanes, sharrows and routes. Complete and initiate implementation of the Pedestrian Action Plan. Expand Safe Routes to Schools to include all Santa Monica schools. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Reduce daily vehicle miles traveled within the city by 13,000
Expand transportation demand management programs to increase Average Vehicle Ridership to 1.7. Pilot and implement a car-sharing network, including at least 10 dedicated on- or off-street parking spaces. Increase ridership on Big Blue Bus by an additional 200,000 annual boardings. Start year  
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Divert 80% of waste from landfills
Complete and implement the Zero Waste Strategic Plan. Implement short and medium term programs to increase recycling rates. Provide food waste collection for all single family residents, multi-family residents, restaurants and grocery stores. Adopt a mandatory 75% diversion rate for construction and demolition projects. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Reduce energy use citywide in existing buildings by 1 million kWh annually
Require buildings over 25,000 square feet to participate in energy benchmarking and disclosure program. Launch a residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) progra Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Increase energy efficiency of new buildings to perform 10% better than 2013 Title 24 Standards
Update and adopt a new Green Building Ordinance. Require energy efficiency, onsite energy generation and electric vehicle charging infrastructure in large developments. Start year  
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Type Regulatory
Status In progress
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Increase total citywide solar capacity by 500 kW annually
Require onsite generation of renewable energy on all new commercial buildings. Promote solar installation through the Solar Santa Monica program. Work with utilities to allow community solar installations in Santa Monica. Start year  
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
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Adaptation actions

Adapt to the effects of climate change
Conduct a vulnerability assessment evaluating potential threats to the public, environmental and economic health of the city. Develop a strategic adaptation plan to mitigate the potential negative effects of climate change. Start year  
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Type Assessment/Research
Status In progress
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