On Wednesday, November 8, the Trust for Public Land, City staff, and partnering community-based organizations celebrated the launch of the new Climate-Smart Cities Tool. The tool launch event included presentations from the Technical Advisory Committee, and a hands-on training in the Emergency Operation Center at City Hall.
The online, publicly available Climate-Smart Cities Decision Support Tool integrates detailed mapping data, climate change analytics, and community input to guide park and green infrastructure investments. The Decision Support Tool seeks to democratize resiliency data and tools by making these resources available to community leaders and community-based organizations to identify and implement multi-benefit green infrastructure projects such as parks, bio-swales, and biking or pedestrian trails.
The Trust for Public Land developed Richmond’s Climate-Smart Cities Tool in collaboration with the City of Richmond and a number of community-based organizations. Richmond is California’s second Climate-Smart City with TPL and the first in Northern California.
Bay Area SunShares Informational Workshop- Wednesday, September 27th
Richmond residents are encouraged to participate in SunShares, a limited time, group buying energy procurement program that provides discounts on residential solar and electric vehicles.
The Bay Area SunShares program is led by the Business Council on Climate Change (BC3) aimed at leveraging group buying power to provide discounts and competitive financing options on solar installations and zero-emissions vehicles. Discounts and pricing options are listed on the SunShares website.
The City of Richmond, Environmental and Health Initiatives Division is partnering with neighboring cities and SunShares to host a free Bay Area SunShares informational workshop for community members on Wednesday, September 27th from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the City Council Chambers at 440 Civic Center Plaza. Please RSVP for the workshop at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bay-area-sunshares-richmond-workshop-tickets-36672615781 or call (510) 621-1541.
Energize Richmond: Energy Efficiency Rebates Now Available for Local Small/Medium Businesses & Multi-family Properties
Energize Richmond is the new City program aiming to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions in the Richmond community. The City is partnering with the East Bay Energy Watch Partnership (EBEW) (an energy efficiency rebate program funded by utility ratepayers at PG&E and MCE) and MCE to provide expanded rebates and services to small and medium sized Richmond businesses and multi-family properties. These programs provide great opportunities to control energy use, decrease energy costs, and meet climate action goals.
The Richmond Climate Action Plan (CAP) is a roadmap for how the City will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change on public health, infrastructure, ecosystems, and public spaces in our community. The CAP will support the community’s goals and policies identified in the City’s General Plan 2030. The CAP also features health equity and climate justice as important aspects of the document framework, consistent with City’s Health in All Policies Strategy. The Final CAP and all appendices can be accessed on the City's Climate Action webpage.
HERO and CaliforniaFIRST - Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Programs Now Available for Richmond Homeowners
Richmond homeowners are now eligible to participate in two Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs: HERO and CaliforniaFIRST. PACE financing enables homeowners to make energy- and water-efficiency improvements and pay for them through their property tax bill. Property owners repay the assessment over 5 to 20 years and the interest is tax-deductible. Homeowners can use PACE financing to renovate projects that can increase their property values, lower their monthly utility bills, and contribute to making our community more energy independent.
The City of Richmond Environmental Initiatives team promotes systems and policy changes that support the development of healthy and sustainable neighborhoods. The Division collaborates with the community and other city departments to implement actions identified in the Climate Action Plan, Health in All Policies Strategy Document, and the Energy and Climate Change Element and Community Health and Wellness Element of the Richmond General Plan 2030. The team aims to build the City and community's capacity to improve and promote sustainability and health equity.