California is a leader in fighting climate change
The State of California leads the world in responding to the serious climate challenges we face. In 2006, the State legislature passed AB32, the Global Warming Solutions Act. Local and regional agencies are taking steps to reduce their carbon footprints in compliance with this groundbreaking law. To that end, more than 1 in 5 cities and counties in California have taken steps to inventory their Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and develop climate resiliency and GHG reduction plans. Refer to the following sections to find out more about what Ventura County and the City of Thousand Oaks are doing in this area.
Cal-Adapt is a web-based climate adaptation planning tool hosted by the State. Cal-Adapt allows the user to identify potential climate change risks in specific geographic areas throughout the state. Users can either query by location, or click on an interactive map to explore what climate impacts are projected to occur in their area of interest.
Regional and Local Climate Efforts: VCREA
The Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance (VCREA) was founded in 1998 as a joint project of the municipalities in Ventura County. The City of Thousand Oaks has been working with VCREA, the County, sister cities and other governmental partners to prepare an inventory of GHG emissions. Funding to complete this study was provided by Southern California Edison under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.
In 2015, VCREA released “Climate on the Move,” an inventory of community-level GHG emissions and climate action plan templates for each of its local government member organizations in Ventura County. The report provides a community-level summary of emissions in the County for three calendar years (2010- 2012). The inventory will assist with planning to mitigate and address changes that result from climate change including rising temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, increased wildfire risk, public health impacts, water supply changes, increased demand for summertime cooling, sea level rise and less resilient agriculture. Climate on the Move also includes forecasts and target options for the year 2020.
Thanks to the VCREA, the City of Thousand Oaks has its own local government GHG inventory and dedicated chapter in the Climate on the Move countywide report, which inventories specific GHGs and makes 2020 projection. It is on the basis of this document that the City of Thousand Oaks will begin preparing a Citywide Climate Action Plan in the future.
City Climate Initiatives
- Conversion of 1800 street, traffic and outdoor lights to energy-saving LEDs (2015)
- Establishment of an Energy Management Team and development of an Energy Action Plan (2012 – 2014)
- Installation of cogeneration heating and solar power at the Hill Canyon Wastewater Treatment Plant (2007), making it a net zero-energy facility
- Opening a permanent Household Hazardous Waste facility (2014)
- Provision of waste assessments, recycling advice and deskside recycling boxes for small businesses
- Establishment of an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Policy (2015)
- Implementation of a bottle and can recycling and outreach program for the Conejo Valley USD (2012 – 2013)
- Installation of solar powered lighting in bus shelters (2014 - 2015)
- Conversion of the city’s buses and 2/3 of the vehicle pool to alternative fuel vehicles (2016)
- Establishment of the Green Business Certification Program under the auspices of the California Green Business Network(2011)
The City of Thousand Oaks also participates in national, regional and state climate-enhancing programs including:
- The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program for renewable energy and energy efficiency upgrades.
- The emPower Central Coast program, which makes making home upgrade projects easier and more affordable through incentives, financing, qualified contractors and expert energy advice.You can get more information on residential energy programs like PACE, emPower and more on our Energy resources page.
- Tree City USA, under the auspices of the Arbor Day Foundation.
- The California Climate Action Registry (now the Climate Registry), a non-profit organization governed by U.S. states and Canadian provinces and territories. It designs and operates voluntary and compliance GHG reporting programs globally, and assists organizations in measuring, verifying and reporting the carbon in their operations so they can manage and reduce it.
For more information on the City’s climate and sustainability initiatives, download this document.