City of Benicia
United States

Population: 27618
Area of jurisdiction: 40.71 km2

Commitments

  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: 10% by 2020 (2000) 33% by 2020 (2000)
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 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 ( 2010 ):  4,807 tCO2e

Other available GHG inventories: 2010

Mitigation actions

Residential Tree Fund
Create a residential tree fund to provide residents with financial incentives for planting approved street trees and provide City assistance with tree maintenance. Such a strategy will encourage residents to plant drought tolerant, native trees, thus increasing the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Start year 2009
Sector Agriculture, Forest and Other Land Use (AFOLU)
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Replace Fossil Fuel-Powered Maintenance Tools with Electric Equipment
Replace existing fossil fuel powered maintenance equipment, including existing riding mowers, with electricpowered equipment. Start year 2009
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Develop a Biodiesel Conversion Program for Diesel powered vehicles
Develop a biodiesel conversion program to convert existing diesel engines to utilize biodiesel fuels Start year 2009
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Feasibility Study for a Waste Reduction Ordinance
Waste reduction ordinances are effective ways for cities to regulate selected waste sources. The proposed ordinance would limit or ban specified prepared food containers, such as styrofoam. Plastic bags have also become a growing concern and could be addressed by such ordinance. The regulation of bags may apply to stores over a specified square footage, ensuring that small businesses would not be unnecessarily burdened. Start year 2009
Sector Waste
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Waste Audit Program
Create a waste audit program to help enforce and encourage residential and commercial recycling. Audit programs keep the community accountable for their disposal habits by screening dumpsters and trash cans throughout Benicia, issuing written guidance to residents or businesses that incorrectly dispose of recyclables. Start year 2009
Sector Waste
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Limit City Spending on Bottled Water
Limiting City spending on bottled water to necessary fire safety operations will reduce the City’s solid waste consumption and will demonstrate community-wide leadership, while, reducing overhead. Start year 2009
Sector Waste
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Water Reuse Project
Develop a recycled water system, beginning with Valero to decrease the demand on water supply, treatment and conveyance, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Start year 2009
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Looking for Funding
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Class A Biosolids Process at WWTP
Assess the feasibility of developing a program to produce class ‘A’ biological solids at the wastewater treatment plant. Biosolids can be used as fertilizer or in a cogeneration system. Class ‘A’ biological solids are nearly pathogen-free prior to land application, and are therefore safe for human contact. Producing class ‘A’ biosolids would divert 2,079 tons of biosolids annually from the landfill. The City’s wastewater treatment plant does not currently have the ability to produce class “A” biological solids. Facilitates for incineration would have to be added at the plant or the biosolids would have to be taken to a facility for processing, which would require transportation. Start year 2009
Sector Waste
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Incentives for Residential Lateral Upgrades
Create an incentive program funded by the VIP Settlement funds to repair laterals on private property. During winter months, rainwater seeps into the sewer system primarily through leaks in residential laterals. This unnecessarily increases demand on the wastewater treatment plant Start year 2009
Sector Residential
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Incentivize water conservation
The existing tiered billing structure could be modified to include more significant incentives for water conservation; however, this must be approached extremely carefully to account for the financial realities of water conveyance. Incentives could include tiered rebates and/or a restructuring of the existing billing structure. Start year 2009
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Implement Residential Rainwater Collection
Create a policy to support permitting and regulation of residential rainwater systems. Develop a program to distribute rainwater barrels to homeowners to capture water runoff from homes. Start year 2009
Sector Residential
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Require Commercial Rainwater Collection
Create a policy that requires collection, storage, and use of rainwater from commercial roof surfaces for on-site landscape irrigation uses and establish a financial incentive program to assist property owners. Concurrently, distribute information regarding rainwater collection systems to commercial property owners and assist them in securing financial support for implementation. Start year 2009
Sector Commercial
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status  
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Permitting for Graywater Reuse Systems
Establish appropriate graywater system permitting exemptions for residential applications pursuant to regulations set by the California Building Standards Commission Start year 2009
Sector Residential
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Cash for Grass Rebate Program
Cash for Grass Rebate Programs help property owners convert water-thirsty grass to a water efficient landscape. The City would offer property owners a dollar amount per square foot of grass removed and replaced with water efficient landscaping. Other communities have offered a square footage rebate of $0.50 - $1.50. Every square foot of grass replaced with water-smart trees, shrubs and flowers can save an average of 30 gallons of water per year. Start year 2009
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Continue Implementing Capital Improvement Programs
Capital Improvement Programs include regular replacement of inefficient equipment to maintain efficient industrial processes. Improvement programs include increasing Butamer production, recycled water consumption, replacement of floating roofs on storage tanks, and increase use of co-generation. Frequent capital investment programs can ensure that the refinery utilizes the most current equipment and remains economically competitive in future markets. Start year 2009
Sector Industrial
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Decrease Transportation Source Emissions
The Port should consider emission reduction strategies for ships, trains, and semi-trucks operating within the Port, similar to those being required of the municipal fleet. The Port should also encourage ships with which it does business to use higher-grade diesel fuels by offering incentives to those companies. The Port’s geographic location and proximity to various modes of transportation (truck, rail, etc) makes it a desirable place of entry for imported automobiles, which is the Port’s primary function. Decreasing the number of automobiles processed by semi-truck and increasing the use of freight trains for car shipment would have a large impact on greenhouse gas emissions. An anti-idling policy may reduce tail-pipe emissions during loading and unloading of cargo. Start year 2009
Sector Industrial
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Complete Emissions Inventory and Port Efficiency Plan
Encourage the Port of Benicia to develop an emissions inventory specific to its operations. The inventory could include its vehicle fleet, ship traffic, fuel refilling, paint shop, employee travel, and overall energy consumption. This inventory will provide information regarding the Port’s actual contribution of greenhouse gases, and could be used to prepare a Port sustainability plan. Start year 2009
Sector Industrial
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Commercial Energy Conservation Ordinance
Require commercial structures to undergo minimum energy efficiency/weatherization upgrades at the time of major renovation. Required upgrades should be established by determining appropriate tiered thresholds, based on construction valuation and/or building addition square footage. Start year 2009
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Require LEED Certification for New Industrial and Commercial Buildings Larger than 5,000 Square Feet.
The LEED certification system utilizes green building practices and design elements to accrue points on a checklist that correspond to incremental levels of certification. The green building criteria incorporate site design, energy consumption, indoor air quality, and construction materials. Start year 2009
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Mandate Building Performance Certificate
Building performance certificates display the potential energy performance of a building and identifies areas of improvement, similar to the Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy estimates for new automobiles. The certificate would be presented at the time of sale or rent and would provide transparency of a building’s efficiency, giving consumers upfront data. Start year 2009
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Retrofit the Clocktower to Achieve LEED Certification
Retrofit the Clocktower to achieve LEED Certification to demonstrate the City’s commitment to sustainable building practices in historic structures. Adding capacity to open and close the windows, among other appropriate rehabilitation measures will reduce energy consumption and maintenance costs, improve indoor air quality, and serve to educate the public about the positive relationship between sustainable building practices and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for historic preservation. Start year 2009
Sector Facilities
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Amend the Downtown and Arsenal Historic Conservation Plans
Amending the Historic Conservation Plans to include policies that encourage greening of historic structures will reduce conflicts between historic preservation, renewable energy, and energy efficiency upgrades. This may include suggested locations for solar photovoltaic panels; however, the Solar Rights Act of 1976 requires cities and counties to “administratively” approve applications to install solar energy systems by issuing a building permit or other non-discretionary permit, based strictly on health and safety. 28 Therefore, design review cannot be required for the panels themselves or their location; however, if the panels require an additional structure to be constructed the City could require design review for the structure itself. Start year 2009
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Educate Property Owners, City Commissions, Local Contractors, and Suppliers
Educating property owners, Planning Commissioners, Historic Preservation Review Commissioners, local contractors, and suppliers about the benefits of greening historic structures, will help strengthen public support and supply chains to encourage green building practices in historic retrofits. Start year 2009
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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Encourage Energy Efficient Upgrades in Historic Structures
The Downtown Historic Conservation Plan emphasizes the importance of the integrity of historic structures. Retrofitting the interior of existing structures to increase efficiency will reduce energy demand and lower maintenance and operating costs, while staying within the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards. 28 The City can encourage energy efficiency retrofits by conducting educational workshops and by providing informational handouts and web-based resources. Start year 2009
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Ban Wood Burning
A ban on wood burning would improve air quality during the winter months as well as reduce of greenhouse gas emissions. Solano County has the highest asthma symptom rate in the State, with over 14 percent of its residents exhibiting symptoms. Smoke from wood burning contains Particulate Matter (PM)26, which is known to trigger asthma attacks. Natural gas burning fireplaces produce more heat while emitting less carbon dioxide compared with wood burning devices. Such a measure would place a de facto ban on wood burning fireplaces and stoves. Start year 2009
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Change a Light Campaign
Switching to Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL) is a low cost way to reduce energy consumption. The City could distribute these light bulbs as part of a larger education and outreach campaign. The program would include an educational component to promote proper disposal of CFL bulbs. Start year 2009
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Wood Fireplace Change-Out/ Removal Program
Provide financial assistance to homeowners to change out their existing wood burning fireplaces for natural gas devices, or completely remove existing wood fireplaces. Such a measure would support residents to comply with the ban on wood burning. Start year 2009
Sector Residential
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Adopt Build It Green’s Home Remodel Standards or Equivalent
Adopt a tiered green remodel requirement as part of the green building ordinance, utilizing Build It Green’s home remodel standards. Start year 2009
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance
Require residential structures to undergo minimum energy efficiency/weatherization upgrades at the time of major renovation. The definition of major renovation should be established by determining a minimum construction valuation threshold. Other cities have adopted a threshold of $50,000. Start year 2009
Sector Residential
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Adopt a Tiered Green Building Ordinance
The City’s green building ordinance will incorporate 2008 California Green Building Standards Code (California Code of Regulations Title 24, Part 11) and 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings. While these codes provide a minimum baseline, the City should require more stringent tiered standards similar to Build-It-Green’s Green Point Rated System. Start year 2009
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Solar Thermal Energy for Municipal Buildings
Integrating solar thermal systems into municipal buildings will decrease emissions and reduce costs associated with heating water. Solar thermal systems utilize solar energy to heat water, thereby avoiding the use of non-renewable fuel sources. Start year 2009
Sector Buildings
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Industrial Development Workforce Housing Nexus Study
Consider amending the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance to include affordable housing requirements with future large scale developments such as the Benicia Business Park industrial development, based on the need that is generated by a respective project. This will help the City to achieve a jobs-housing balance, thus reducing commute distance, thereby lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Start year 2009
Sector Residential
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Amend Zoning Regulations for Accessory Dwelling Units
Amend the Municipal Code to reduce the current minimum lot size and lower impact assessment fees associated with accessory dwelling units outside of the Downtown Historic district. This will concentrate growth in already developed portions of the City and reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled. Start year 2009
Sector Residential
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Neighborhood Commercial Centers
Amend development regulations to accommodate small neighborhood shopping centers and individual retail establishments in residential neighborhoods. These centers could provide goods and services (e.g., dry cleaning, etc.) adjacent to existing residential neighborhoods, shortening the distance between residents and services. This increases the possibility of walking and biking for errands as an alternative to driving Start year 2009
Sector Commercial
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Form-Based Code
Unlike traditional zoning codes, form-based codes intentionally emphasize building form rather than use. This increases flexibility for a variety of complementary uses to be permitted in the same area, and the potential for mixed-use developments. Currently, a form-based code regulates development in downtown Benicia. Formbased codes should be considered for areas where mixed-use development can reduce transportationrelated GHG emissions. Start year 2009
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Development of Underutilized and Vacant Infill Sites
Promote infill development including mixed-use, commercial services, parks, community gardens (see Parks and Open Space section), and limited agricultural uses. Infill development concentrates growth in already urbanized portions of the city, which helps preserve open space and agricultural uses. In addition, infill will result in a more compact urban core and decrease VMT. Start year 2009
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Live/Work and Work/Live Incentives
Live/work and work/live developments allow residents to live at their place of work. Reducing permit fees and expediting permitting for live/work and work/live units can encourage such developments. An additional incentive may include waiving business license fees for residents in live/work and work/live units to encourage compact development and reduce vehicle miles traveled. Start year 2009
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Revise Parking Standards
Revise parking requirements in the Benicia Municipal Code to create maximum parking stall requirements and reduced parking requirements for new development and land uses, similar to the Downtown Mixed Use Master Plan. Parking maximums, combined with increased accessibility to alternative modes of transportation, will reduce vehicle miles traveled and emissions, create more attractive street frontages, reduce development costs, and lessen the amount of impervious pavement (which decreases storm water runoff and lowers the heat island effect). Parking limits should be determined through a parking study of existing local shopping centers, industrial parks, and businesses. Start year 2009
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Carpool Incentives for City Employees
Developing incentives for employees to carpool is a meaningful way for the City to encourage carpooling within its own staff. Carpooling is one of many ways employees can lower their carbon emissions related to work commutes. Incentives include financial incentives and vanpool service Start year 2009
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Benicia Commuter Rail Stop
Benicia is well positioned for a commuter rail stop on the existing Capitol Corridor line that passes through the Benicia Industrial Park. The stop would provide direct access to Amtrak, decreasing the vehicle miles traveled to rail stops in Suisun and Martinez. In addition to capturing existing ridership, the convenience factor could influence substantial new ridership. Start year 2009
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Explore Ferry/Water Taxi Service
The City should continue coordinating with the State Water Emergency Transportation Authority to provide ferry or water taxi service to Benicia, including a First Street terminal to help facilitate the economic sustainability of the downtown. Water taxis provide an alternative mode of transportation that could connect downtown Benicia to regional ferry networks and nearby cities such as Port Costa and Martinez. If the Water Emergency Transportation Authority selects Martinez as a ferry terminal location, water taxi service to Martinez would provide a direct connection for Benicia residents to regional ferry service. Start year 2009
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status  
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Low-Emission Transit Vehicles
Replace fossil fuel powered public transit vehicles with hybrid, electric, or low-emission vehicles to reduce emissions related to public transportation. Start year 2009
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Transit Passes
Establish free or reduced bus fares for select groups of local residents and employees to increase ridership and reduce personal automobile trips Start year 2009
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Encourage BUSD to Reinstate School Buses
Morning and afternoon traffic patterns, as they relate to school drop-off/pick-up, have a significant impact on transportation related GHG emissions. Reinstating a Benicia Unified School District bus program with clean fuel vehicles would significantly decrease community-wide emissions and alleviate concentrated traffic congestion. Start year 2009
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Revise Streetscape Design Standards
Amend streetscape standards to include LID design criteria, wider sidewalks (where appropriate), street furniture, and drought tolerant planting/landscaping standards. Enhanced streetscapes attract pedestrian activity and promote healthy lifestyles, thus decreasing auto usage and related emissions. Start year 2009
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan
A bicycle and pedestrian plan, including a ‘complete streets’ program, would be comprised of an integrated network of trails, sidewalks and bicycle paths; connects key areas of the city, identifies areas for future expansion of services, and addresses safety. The Master Plan should incorporate and supplement strategies from this Plan and include Low Impact Development (LID) standards. LID is an engineering and land use planning approach to naturally manage stormwater runoff. LID principles are based on design strategies that manage stormwater at the source by use of micro-scale natural features that are distributed through the site. This is unlike conventional approaches that typically convey and manage runoff in large facilities located at the base of drainage areas. Start year 2009
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Traffic Signal and Stop Sign Optimization
Synchronize traffic signals and limit uphill stop signs, to improve traffic flow and minimize idling, therefore reducing greenhouse gas emissions and overall travel time. According to the Institute for Transportation Engineers, comprehensive signal programs result in a 6-9% fuel savings.23 Start year 2009
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status  
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Recycled Content in Street Surfaces
The net energy expenditure to re-use materials is much lower than the energy required to manufacture and transport un-recycled resources. Integrating recycled rubberized additives when resealing street surfaces can help reduce the City’s greenhouse gas emissions. Start year 2009
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status  
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Smart Grid Feasibility Study
Investigate the feasibility of building a smart grid infrastructure and identify partners such as PG&E. Smart grids allow for two-way electrical exchange, which is essential for distributed power production. The network provides feedback of real-time electricity consumption and production trends. Start year 2009
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Geothermal Energy Procurement
Identify and assess viable sites for geothermal resources. Geothermal resources use heat from the earth to generate energy. Start year 2009
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Type Organizational/Governance
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Investigate Tidal Power
Investigate the feasibility of forming a joint powers agreement for tidal power production. Coordination with other Bay Area municipalities and public agencies is necessary due to constraints associated with local water resources, including the narrow width and protected status of the Carquinez Strait. Start year 2009
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Increase Wind Energy Generation within City Limits
Encourage property owners to install vertical axis wind turbines by creating and adopting an overlay zone that streamlines the permit process of wind energy collection systems in particular zoning districts. Allowed height, size, and noise thresholds would be established through design guidelines, which would need to be developed in conjunction with the overlay distric Start year 2009
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Solar Permitting Fee Waiver
Waive building permit fees for solar installations in order to reduce perceived financial barriers Start year 2009
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Type Regulatory
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Citywide Renewable Energy Mapping and Database
Develop a citywide database identifying existing and potential renewable energy sites, such as building rooftops, parking and vacant lots. This database could include wind, solar, and other sources citywide. Start year 2009
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Community Choice Aggregation Feasibility Assessment
Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), created by State Assembly Bill 117, provides communities with the opportunity to ‘opt-out’ of power purchase agreements with traditional energy utilities, such as PG&E. Under a CCA arrangement, the utility continues to own, operate and maintain the transmission lines; however, cities are free to purchase or generate power from sources of their own choosing. Cities can either build their own green energy infrastructure, purchase energy from energy service providers, and/or partner with private firms to develop such infrastructure. A CCA agreement allows all customers within the established CCA district to ‘opt-in’ to the program, providing customers with the ability to obtain locally produced green energy. The City should consider a CCA feasibility study and financial analysis to determine viability. Economies of scale may require Benicia to partner with another local agency or jurisdiction. Start year 2009
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Renewable Energy Fund
Develop a renewable energy fund to provide capital incentives for renewable energy technologies, and/or a revolving loan program. Option 1: Cash incentives – Develop a cash incentive program for solar and wind generation systems. Option 2: Revolving loan program – Create a revolving loan program to offer micro-loans for projects that are deemed appropriate by City established guidelines. Start year 2009
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Car-Free Challenge
Support the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Spare the Air campaign by declaring one day a year as a “car free” day. This could encourage residents to use alternative modes of transportation and telecommute and can be incorporated into “Bike-to-Work” day. Start year 2009
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Green Science and Technology Fair
Encourage the Benicia Unified School District to partner with other school districts in Solano County and the Bay Area to hold a green science and technology fair to engage and educate youth about water conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy Start year  
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Encourage BUSD to Educate K-12 Students on Climate Change and Ways to Reduce GHG Emissions
The Benicia Unified School District (BUSD) can take a leadership role in climate change education by encouraging teachers to educate youth about actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Schools can use a “learn by doing” approach, such as establishing an on-campus composting program, installing solar photovoltaics, or using rain barrels for water reclamation. Start year 2009
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
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Emission Reduction Thermometer
Design and construct a large-scale outdoor ‘thermometer’ to be installed at a highly visible cityowned location as a visual demonstration of City and community progress toward meeting the 2020 reduction targets. Start year 2009
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
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Theme of the Month
Promote different methods for reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout the year. Themes should be integrated into the City website, quarterly Parks and Recreation Activity Guide, informational kiosks, and displays at City facilities such as City Hall, Benicia Public Library, and the future Community Center. Example Themes: • Renewable Energy Partner with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) to hold educational workshops about ways cities can reduce greenhouse gases related to energy production and distribution, including interactive workshops on potential community strategies. • Energy Efficiency Partner with local contractors to hold workshops and demonstrations about home and office weatherization techniques and other ways that reduce energy consumption within a home or office. • Locally Sourced Food Provide community resources that educate the public on the importance of locally grown food, low mercury fish, organic produce, and nonprocessed foods, among other things. Start year 2009
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Increase the Number of City Trees
300 additional trees- CAP Goal Start year 2009
Sector Agriculture, Forest and Other Land Use (AFOLU)
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Replace Half-ton Trucks with E85 or CNG Trucks
City just began process of identify trucks that be replaced with hybrid electric. We can calculate once we know what type of truck we would be replacing. This is the type of truck we'd likely be getting; I'm just not sure how many. Start year 2009
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Replace Unnecessary City Trucks with Alternative-Fuel Vehicles
City is in the process of launching a fleet efficiency program with Local Motion. The software has the ability to determine if existing vehicles can be replaced with alt. fuel (electric/hybrid) based on number and duration of trips. Estimates are associated with vehicles already replaced by hybrids (8). Start year 2009
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Utilize Low-Maintenance, Drought Tolerant Landscaping
City utilizes drought tolerant/native plants whenever possible. Start year 2009
Sector Agriculture, Forest and Other Land Use (AFOLU)
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Install Irrigation Control Systems
City upgarded 14 controllers (calcs done in Measure Worksheet as part of Inventory Update); estimates from measures worksheet. Start year 2009
Sector Facilities
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Universal Colors and Labeling for all Trash Receptacles
City uses color coded receptables as provided by Republic. Reduction estimates from CAP. Start year 2009
Sector Waste
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Construction and Demolition Recycling Programs
The City is currently develop a CalGreen C&D checklist for new construction projects that are required to meet a 50% waste diversion rate; also developing a questionnaire for entities not covered by CalGreen to determine if they divert any of their waste; informational flier wil be included with these forms when an applicatnt or contractor applies for a permit; this program may end up reducing costs for business owners because their tipping fees are reduced by diverting waste from the landfill (mixed trash is more expensive than discarding sorted recycled goods) Start year 2009
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Type Regulatory
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Curbside Recycling for Industrial and Commercial Businesses
City currently has curbside recycling programs for commercial and industrial customers. Waste put into bins goes to the Richmond Sorting Facility where ther is a 90% diversion rate because it complies with the City of San Francisco's diversion guidelines; Solano Clean Tech Innovators is working with Republic Waste Services to establish a resource exchange so that one business' waste can be used by another business if possible. Start year 2009
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Community-Wide Composting Program
City is formulating plans to develop a residential composting outreach program educating residents about green bins that accept fruits/veggies/lightly soiled paper goods; outreach is already being done in the high school, middle school, and elementary schools. Start year 2009
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Install Renewable Energy Systems
Installed solar PV system at WTP and 3 pump stations; 318kW(WTP); 588kw (PS1) 205KW (PS2); 456 kW (PS3) - these are estimates Start year 2009
Sector Buildings
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Develop a Business Outreach Program
Water conservation outreach part of the BRIP; 5 businesses have completed the process; 9 in progress, 1 business will soon undergo assessment (use estimated GHG reductions from Inventory Report) Start year 2009
Sector Commercial
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Incentives for Residential Plumbing Fixture Upgrades
"Assumed 11,270 households participating at 2% reduction rate. Why did we assume 100% particpation rate? We only have $10k for this program, enough for ● $250 washing machine with funding for 15 rebates ● $100 toilet with funding for 10 rebates ● $75 smart irrigation controller with funding for 15 rebates ● $5 for each high efficiency sprinkler head with funding for 30 rebates " Start year 2009
Sector Residential
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Promote Green Business Certification Program
Working to develop and implement green cert program. No additional reductions for business who are also participating in BRIP, but could see additional reductions from new businesses participation. Same assumptions as BRIP? Start year 2009
Sector Commercial
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Building Audit and Energy Program
5 businesses have completed assessments and projects; 9 businesses in process; 1 business signed up for assessment but not yet complete. Measures worksheet assumed 6% participation rate and 540 MT/year. Could see additional reductions in year 2013. Start year 2009
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Create Local Car Share Program
BECAT is currently investigating car share program options, i.e. Sidecar and Lyft. It may be possible that cars can be shared by City Staff and the public. Benicia is likley not a big enough market for Zipcar or City Car Share. Start year 2009
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Encourage Local Businesses to Use Alt. Fuel Vehicles
The City is currently implementing the Business Resource Incentive Program that is supposed to include transportation/fleet analysis, but consultants do not currently have that expertise. ED/CAP Coordinator are going to work with existing consultants who may hire subcontractors to complete this analysis; ED may request additional funds to continue BRIP in Nov. 2013 and hire a transporation specific consultant to conduct this analysis and recommend conversions; currently the City is partnering with STA ($10,000 match) to conduct a CNG Refueling Station feasibility study in the industrial park that would be open for City, SolTrans, and public use. Reduction estimates from measures worksheet for Community-wide conversions. Start year 2009
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Promote/ Implement Carpool Program
"City is currently participating in the Solano Napa Commute Information Commute Challenge and may pratner with SolTrans (regional transit agency) to provide cash incentives to purchase bus passes; may also match SNCI's cash incentive for participating in the program/using alt. transit for 30 days. Benicia Efficiency and Climate Action Team is currently working to establish a City employee carpool program but has not yet launched this effort. CAP estimate assumptions: Objective T-7 Increase Carpooling to 15% Mode Share by 2020 · 15% of population reduces its VMT by 10% by carpooling more frequently. Because carpooling is more commonly used than other transportation alternatives a slightly higher participation rate was used." Start year 2009
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Increase Bicycle Infrastructure at City Facilities
12 bike racks approved in 2010; installed 2011 (5 bollard 2-capacity, 3 cyclone 6 capacity, 1 cyclone 10 capacity and 3 tandem 6 capacity; no mode share data available Start year 2009
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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LED Lighting for Intersection Walk Signals
Walking Signals (2nd and E. Military) (2nd street in front of Mcdonalds); LED crosswalk signal and solar powered signal. Start year 2009
Sector Facilities
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Increase the Efficiency of Streetlights
2294 streetlights were retrofitted (1349 induction; 945 LED) out of 2342 streetlights. Start year 2009
Sector Facilities
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Energy Efficiency Demonstration Projects at City Hall
Upgaded lighting; installed vending machine misers; turn off ligth stickers; plug-load sensors; Air Care Plus Progarm Start year 2009
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Home Energy and Water Audits
"WattzOn is currently implementing a home audit program. Contract expires September 2015. 61 water audits complete since September 2012; 215 home energy assessments completed in first phase of program; 26,809 lbs CO2 saved (51,163 kWh) (12.16 tonnes of C02 reduced) 29,770 lbs CO2 increase (2,215 therm increase) (colder winter; Benicians use more natural gas during winter months than all other months combined). 61 audits have been completed as of July 2013 for the new program that runs through September 2015 - focus on water savings and then energy - no savings reported to date. " Start year 2009
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Upgrade City Hall HVAC System
City enrolled in the Air Care Plus Program at 16 City facilities including City Hall. Savings achieved through this tune-up program may be used to upgrade HVAC systems at these facilties. As of 8/29/13, tune-ups were completed at City Hall, Library, Community Center, Fire Dept. 11, Senior Center, and Commanding Officer's Qaurters. Tune-ups still need to be completed at Corp Yard 58 & 79, Camel Barn, Fire Dept 12, FP Depot, Youth Center, and R3 Pump Station. Start year 2009
Sector Buildings
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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LEED Certification for Municipal Projects
Community Center achieevd LEED Platinum certification. See LEED checklist; requested complete USGBC submittal package to determine reductions. Start year 2009
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Promote California Solar Initiave and Other Applicable Incentive Programs
Promoted CSI through City Res. Solar Incentiev Program. CSI Res. Incentive no longer available. Start year 2009
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Encourage Parking Lot Solar PV Arrays
1 existing 76 KW solar parking canopy at City Hall. Start year 2009
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Renewable Energy for City Facilities
12 site solar project complete (1.67 MW total). Installation complete at 10 sites March 2012, 1 site August 2012, one site October 2012. Start year 2009
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program
City is part of California FIRST; working with County to establish an additional district. Start year 2009
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Renewable Energy Project Manager
Chevron Energy Solutions was hired to serve as the RE Project Manager; contract closed out 2013. Start year 2009
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Type Organizational/Governance
Status Completed
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Demonstration Gardens
2 gardens, mixed vegetable/fruit, 14 plots at Swenson (each plot 14' x 3.5"), established 2000--participants include a Girl Scout troup and special needs class from Benicia High); one bed is used to grow food for non-profits in town that serve the needy; Avant Garden is a movable garden (on leased property that remains for sale)--larger of the two gardens, 40 beds (each 4'x8'); one large bed for sharing food with non-profits that serve the needy; established in 2010 with only 8 beds, 32 beds added between 2010 and 2012, accomodating 40 gardners. Start year 2009
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Utilize Public Access TV
Channel 21 used to promote resdiential solar and water incentive programs. Start year 2009
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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Informational Kiosk and Info Displays at City Facilities
2 kiosks were installed, 1 at the Library and 1 at the Community Center that show real-time solar production data; existing displays at City Hall (topics vary). Start year 2009
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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Increase "Green" Book Collection at Benicia Public Library
Books/videos purchased 2011. Start year 2009
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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Eco/Sustainable Art Exhibitions
Funded through Good Neighbor Steering Committee Settlement Agreement (GNSCSA). Various completion dates. Start year 2009
Sector  
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Educational Workshops
Educational workshops vary in timeframe, funding source, and financial expenditure depending on the program goals. The timeframe relies on a schedule event or activity. CSC Work Group 1 has completed a number of workshops on various topics. Start year 2009
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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Update and Maintain Website
Update and Maintain SustainableBenicia.org Website for public outreach and advertisement of programs. Start year 2009
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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Adaptation actions

Risk Assessment and Adaptation Plan
The City needs to conduct a local vulnerability assessment to determine how climate related risks will affect shoreline and community assets including watersheds, shoreline parks and trails, the Port of Benicia, and the Industrial Park. Based on this assessment, the City will create an adaptation plan to mitigate those risks. The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) is currently implementing the Adapting to Rising Tides Project (ART Project) to help San Francisco Bay Area communities increase preparedness for and resilience to sea level rise and storm events. BCDC has identified the need to conduct adaptation planning at the city-level where site specific analysis is possible. This localized planning will allow the City to concentrate on specific assets that matter most to Benicia while expanding understanding of coastal resources. The City’s primary goal is to better prepare the community to deal with future climate-related impacts. The vulnerability and risk assessment will evaluate existing conditions by creating an asset inventory that outlines vulnerabilities and risks based on best available science and information combined with best professional judgment and expert input. The City will also utilize the ART Project toolkit when conducting the assessment to determine evaluation criteria for the proposed measures. The adaptation plan will include a matrix of proposed adaptation responses based on the asset inventory and implementation options for the community and the City to help prepare for the impacts identified throughout the planning process The City’s secondary goal is to focus on how to make a key City asset –the Industrial Park – more resilient to the impacts of climate change. The first objective is to conduct an on-the-ground demonstration project that analyzes existing conditions and site-specific vulnerabilities and risks at three businesses in the City’s Industrial Park. The second objective is to identify synergies between mitigation and adaptive responses. To do this, the City will work with the Benicia Economic Development Department to leverage the Business Resource Incentive Program (BRIP), a $625,000 comprehensive sustainable business management program that could fund adaptation strategies related to energy efficiency, demand response, and on-site energy production that will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and prevent maladaptive responses. The third objective is to identify additional funding sources to support other adaptation strategies. Finally, the fourth objective is to evaluate the effectiveness of the process and proposed strategies and use these findings to modify the draft adaptation plan if necessary. The findings could be used to develop a best practices guide for other jurisdictions with large industrial/commercial sectors. The City’s tertiary goal is to evaluate how the City can integrate adaptation planning into City governance. The first objective is to define the City’s adaptation goals. The second objective is to understand uncertainties and resource constraints associated with climate impacts and assess the City’s capacity to deal with those impacts. The third objective is to identify how adaptation strategies can help the City better manage its assets like storm drain water infrastructure and shoreline parks and trails. Information gathered during this process will help the City identify potential changes in policy and regulation that will support adaption planning. Start year 2013
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Looking for Funding
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