Joint letter to SMUD re Sac County Climate Action Plan

This Jan. 24, 2022 letter from the Environmental Council of Sacramento, Sierra Club Sacramento Group, and 350 Sacramento, regarding the Sacramento County Climate Action Plan (CAP) requests that SMUD verify some of the SMUD-related information in the CAP, and also consider helping to increase standardization of CAP processes across the state.

Click here to read the letter.

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Sac City Climate and Transportation Workshop 2/8

On February 8, 2022 at 5pm City Council will have a workshop on Climate & Transportation and we invite you to attend!

In October 2021, City staff presented an update on the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) and 2021 Climate Implementation Work Plan. At that meeting, the City Council asked staff to return to Council in a workshop format to discuss the relationship between climate change and transportation as well as discuss considerations for expediting carbon neutrality.

This upcoming workshop is in response Council’s request and will include:

  • An overview of the relationship between greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and transportation;
  • Guest speakers and outside experts on mobility and climate; and
  • Staff recommendations to advance goals through transformative projects and pursuit of critical funding.

Learn more here.

You can join the Council meeting virtually here:

Building codes changing for new apartments (EV infrastructure)

Conveniently charging cheaply at home is a major benefit of owning an EV, but home charging isn’t possible for many who live in multi-family housing. Last month, California’s CalGreen Building Code Commission voted unanimously to increase EV charging infrastructure in new apartments, condos, hotels, motels and non-residential parking garages (workplaces, commercial sites, etc.).

The new building codes include more ambitious “Tier 1” and “Tier 2” requirements that cities can easily adopt if they wish to. Previously to accelerate EV adoption, particularly in underserved communities, Sacramento has supported the more aggressive Tier 2 requirements. Sacramento should continue this direction with the new CalGreen Tier 2 requirements in new construction. These are:

  • Hotels, Motels, Apartments, Condos with less than 20 units: 40% of parking spaces have EV infrastructure
  • Hotels, Motels, Apartments, Condos with 20 or more units: 55% of parking spaces have EV infrastructure
  • Non-Residential: 45% of parking spaces have EV infrastructure

These start January 1, 2023 for all new California construction. See a summary of the new building codes here.