City of Pittsburg
United States

Population: 63264
Area of jurisdiction: 49.61 km2

Commitments

  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Baseline scenario (BAU) GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Fixed-level GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Carbon intensity reduction target: n/a n/a
Renewable energy target: n/a 1% by 2015
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 ( n/a ):  0 tCO2e

Mitigation actions

Musco Lighting System
City Park is home to several baseball fields. The Musco Lighting System retrofit upgraded the field lighting to a more sustainable level with automated activation and shut off times, a phone application for easy adjustments, and spill light reduction features. Start year  
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
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Pittsburg High School Green Campus Challenge
The students of Pittsburg High School participate in a year-long competition between classes (Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors). Events include Green Rally and Spirit Day, Green Design, Green Video, Green service, Recycled Materials Fashion Show, and Battle of the Classes Best Recycle Cart Start year  
Sector Waste
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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Cool California Challenge Participant
Pittsburg annually participates in the Cool California Challenge: a fun competition between California cities to have the citizens with the lowest carbon footprints and best communities. The Cool California website has several tools for citizens, local business owners, and even government officials, including a Cool California Small Business Carbon Footprint Calculator and Local Government Toolkit which helps to identify cost saving actions, financial resources, and case studies to assist local governments with achieving GHG emission reductions. There is also a large outreach component to the challenge. Start year  
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Tree City USA
For 21 years, Pittsburg has been a Tree City USA community by meeting the four standards established by The Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. The standards require that Tree Cities must have: a Tree Board or Department, a Tree Care Ordinance, a Community Forestry Program with an Annual Budget of at Least $2 Per Capita, and an Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation. Start year  
Sector Agriculture, Forest and Other Land Use (AFOLU)
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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Preferred Development Areas surrounding BART
Section 13.1.4 of Pittsburg’s General Plan aims to support the construction of multi-family housing in close proximity to transit, arterials, shopping, and public services. Incentives include fast-tracking, fee waiver, reduced parking requirements, and more. This plan was adopted this in 2009 for sections of Railroad Avenue, and each case after has been reviewed on a case-by-case basis. There are currently three Preferred Development Areas (PDA’s) cited in Pittsburg, and each encourages walking or biking instead of driving. Start year  
Sector  
Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
Status Completed
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Complete Streets
Pittsburg adopted and agreed to comply with the Complete Streets Program under Resolution 11920 on January 22, 2013. Complete Streets Program requires that Pittsburg: a. Increases mobility for walking bicycling and transit use b. Incorporates Complete Streets opportunities in transportation, road rehabilitation, utility, new development projects, and more c. Evaluates consistency of proposed improvements with all local bicycle, pedestrian, and transit plans that affect the right of way d. Creates a transportation system that provides a connected network of facilities accommodation all modes of travel to parks, schools, commercial areas, civic destinations, and private developments Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Intelligent Transportation Syetems
Implement Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) stoplight analysis and programming to synchronize signals to improve traffic flow, increase miles per gallon achieved, and reduce vehicle idling, fossil fuel use, and GHG emission. Start year  
Sector  
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Island Energy's Solar Incentive Program
Island Energy’s Solar Incentive Program is available to all residential and commercial customers that take electric service from Island Energy on Mare Island and install PV systems on their premises. It is an annually declining incentive that began in January 2008 at a value of $2.80 per installed watt rebate, up to $50,000, or 50% of the installed cost for each installation (whichever is least). By 2021, the goal is to have RPS energy make up 33% of the total retail sales. Start year  
Sector  
Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
Status In progress
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Computer Procurement
For maximum energy efficiency, City Hall procures new computers every five years. The Dell All-In-One Desktop PC’s are donated to non-profit organizations and/or given to Electronic Recycling Centers. Computer purchases meet the Gold EPEAT certification level. Start year  
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Type Organizational/Governance
Status Completed
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GreenTraks
The City is participating in an energy platform system, GreenTraks, which will monitor energy use for all City accounts and all GHG emissions. Start year  
Sector  
Type Assessment/Research
Status In progress
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Community Energy Services Corporation's smart Lights program
Partnering with the Community Energy Services Corporation’s Smart Lights program and PG&E, the City retrofitted commercial refrigeration units (cooler motors and doors, strip curtains, florescent lights, and LED lamp bars) at twenty-four restaurants and markets. Smart Lights utilized rebate funding from the utilities to offset the cost of audits and direct installation of efficient lighting and refrigeration elements. The City supplemented the balance with a portion of its ARRA/EECBG funds which provided the local small businesses with immediate energy reduction savings. Start year  
Sector Commercial
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Time-Of-Use Rates Program
Under PG&E’s Time-of-Use Rates Program, Pittsburg established an energy efficiency policy in City Hall that provides employees with guidelines, instructions, and requirements for efficient use of the facility by turning lights and computers off and monitoring the thermostat. Through the program, the City installed real time meters in City Hall and Pittsburg’s Water Treatment Plant. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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East Bay Energy Watch
This program included four parts: A small business outreach campaign provided one-stop shopping for energy efficiency upgrades, making it easier for business owners to install energy improvements to their buildings and operations. 250+ businesses were audited; 115 non-residential customers served. Residents participated in the California Youth Energy Services program which trains local youth to conduct energy audits of local homes and assist home-owners with low-cost, easy install energy efficiency measures, such as light bulbs and low-flow showerheads. CYES served 250+ households. Energy Star benchmarking was completed for all City buildings, allowing the City to track energy reduction efforts and compare progress internally and across peer buildings in other cities. The MIT program made several municipal building improvements, including the installation of lighting retrofits at the City’s water treatment plant. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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PG&E Audit
PG&E audited all City facilities (including the Senior Center, library, City Hall, and the Water Treatment Plant) to quantify energy use and identify opportunities for energy savings through efficiency and conservation measures. So far, City Hall’s HVAC system was updated, water treatment pumps were updated, and (through the Municipal Implementation Team program) all T-12 or inefficient light bulbs were replaced with T-8 or more efficient bulbs in the Water Treatment Plant, marina, and library. Pittsburg’s downtown theatre was also retrofitted with LED lighting. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Plastic Bag Regulation
Under NPDES's storm water permit, Pittsburg must make efforts to reduce waste in its waters. Plastic waste is most abundant, and very harmful, as it does not biodegrade. In an attempt to comply, Pittsburg is passing an ordinance where single-use plastic carryout bags can no longer be given to customers by retail establishments. In addition, retail establishments must promote the use of reusable bags instead and charge a minimum of 10 cents per paper grocery bag. Some exceptions apply, such as bags used for packaging meat, prescriptions, produce, etc. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Adaptation actions

Pittsburg's Energy Action Plan
Pittsburg’s Energy Action Plan (EAP) is a project through PG&E to assist cities in identifying energy efficient practices. The practices provide a goal and strategy for energy savings, GHG savings, and annual cost savings. The EAP will spell out Pittsburg’s GHG Reduction Plan and demonstrate the City’s wish and commitment to pursuing long-term energy efficiency through: an Inventory and Forecast summarizing the current and future GHG emissions and GHG generating activities within the community and through municipal operations, an Energy Profile that explores the factors that influence energy use within the community by comparing Pittsburg to other cities in the Green Communities Program and identifying top energy uses within municipal accounts, Strategies that identify a set of comprehensive solutions and energy-efficient targets, and a Guide that provides policies and actions to assist in the implementation of these targets. Start year  
Sector Energy
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Columbia Solar Energy Project
The Columbia Solar Energy Project is a proposed 20-megawatt AC (MWAC) solar photovoltaic power generation facility. The project is expected to begin supplying energy to the wholesale electric grid sometime between 2014 and 2015. Start year  
Sector Energy
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Electric vehicle charging stations and City Hall Bicycle Racks
Encourage hybrid and electric car purchases in the community by providing 3 of electric charging stations throughout the city and working with 511contracosta.org which provides trip planning services for commuters and residents in need of bike rout planning, public transit options, and rideshare options. Bicycle racks and showers have been installed in City Hall to promote employees to rely less heavily on fossil fuel modes of transportation. Start year  
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Resolution 9864-Green Building Amendment
On November 9, 2010, the Planning Commission adopted Resolution No. 9864 amending the Development Review Design Guidelines to include “Green Building Design Guidelines.” The new guidelines include provisions to reduce energy consumption, to support increased pedestrian and bicycle connectivity in subdivisions and large developments, and to support inclusion of community gardens, electric charging vehicle stations and other environmental features into project plans. Projects that include “green components” include Siena Court (green roof atop a podium parking structure); and, both the Los Medanos Village and the Woods Manor Rehabilitation project, affordable housing developments that energy efficient design elements (solar panels on carports, tankless water heaters). Start year  
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Type Regulatory
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Solar-ready Library
The Pittsburg City Library’s electrical system, though non-solar currently, has been designed to be solar ready. Start year  
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Affordable Energy Opportunities for the Community
We educate the public about affordable energy opportunities through Engage (see attached brochure), and create those opportunities by participating in the FIGtree and CaliforniaFIRST Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs which encourage energy efficiency audits, retrofits, and the installation of renewable solar photovoltaic systems on existing residential and commercial buildings. The City has passed the CaliforniaFIRST resolution, but cannot offer it yet due to the County’s financial delays. Start year  
Sector Energy
Type Fiscal/Financial mechanism
Status Completed
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