MAYOR TOM BATES
Climate Action Plan
In November 2006, Berkeley voters issued a strong mandate for the City to aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by passing Measure G with over 81% of the vote.
The Measure directs the Mayor to work with the community to prepare Berkeley's Climate Action Plan (CAP) - an emissions reduction plan with specific targets.
Climate Action Plan
On June 2, 2009 the Berkeley City Council unanimously adopted the Berkeley Climate Action Plan. A link to the Executive Summary and full report is available below.
The City is grateful to the hundreds of Berkeley residents that took time to comment on the plan and contribute questions and ideas.
Hard copies of the Executive Summary will be available from the City's Office of Energy & Sustainable Development soon.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or thoughts at MeasureG@ci.berkeley.ca.us.
Executive Summary of Berkeley Climate Action Plan (download - PDF, 172KB - June 4, 2009)
BERKELEY CLIMATE ACTION PLAN (download entire plan - PDF, 1.4MB - June 4, 2009 - final)
Berkeley Unveils Aggressive Climate Action Plan: Community Given More Opportunity To Review And Comment
City Of Berkeley Press Release, 9/18/2008
Berkeley, California (Thursday, September 18, 2008) - The City of Berkeley released a revised plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions today. It contains a detailed implementation timeline and specific strategies for reducing Berkeley’s transportation, energy use, and solid waste emissions.
Berkeley's Financing Initiative for Renewable and Solar Technology (FIRST) Clears Another Hurdle
New York Times: Berkeley Approves City-Backed Loans for Solar Panels
September 16, 2008
"The Berkeley City Council late Tuesday unanimously approved a program to give city-backed loans to property owners who install rooftop solar-power systems. The loans, likely to total up to $22,000 apiece, would be paid off over 20 years as part of the owners’ property-tax bills."
KGO News Video: Berkeley Encourages Residents to Go Solar
September 16, 2008
A unanimous vote in Berkeley on Tuesday night lights the way for that city to be the first in the nation to make solar panels affordable. The mayor says San Francisco, San Jose, even cities as far away as Annapolis, Maryland are interested in following Berkeley's lead.
Carbon Fee – First of its Kind!
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District's board of directors on Wednesday approved new rules to charge businesses a fee for the pollution they emit. As a board member of BAAQMD, I first proposed the idea of a carbon fee last September. These unprecedented new rules will impose fees on factories, power plants, oil refineries and other businesses that emit carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases. The agency, which regulates air pollution in the nine-county Bay Area, will be the first in the country to charge companies a fee based on their greenhouse gas emissions. The new rules will take effect July 1.
Berkeley Wins Model Solar City Award
On April 23rd, Vice-Mayor Darryl Moore accepted Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s “Model Solar City” Award on behalf of myself and The City. We were awarded this great honor because of our innovative City programs that encourage solar energy, reduce greenhouse gases and will lead to high quality, green collar jobs.
Important Residential Energy Topics
Take the Climate Action Pledge
News and Updates on Solar Financing Program
New Berkeley Climate Action Website
Climate Action Tips
Berkeley Climate Action Kick-off draws over 170
Study Finds Berkeley Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions 9% between 2000 and 2005
ICLEI Expert Hired to Help Direct City's Climate Action Campaign
Please check back here regularly to get the latest news, find out what events and meetings are coming up, and contribute your ideas. To send ideas, suggestions, criticisms, or anything else, email the climate action team at MeasureG [at] ci.berkeley.ca.us.