ECOS Support for City of Sacramento Transportation Infrastructure Adaptation Plan Grant Application

On February 22, 2023, ECOS submitted a letter of support for the City of Sacramento Transportation Infrastructure Adaptation Plan Grant Application to The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program.

Below is an excerpt.

Sacramento is one of California’s oldest cities and our city’s transportation infrastructure is some of the oldest in the region. Sacramento is also home to over a half million people and three-quarters of the region’s disadvantaged communities. This older infrastructure is not ready for the current and worsening strain of climate change. Award of this funding would allow the City to begin the necessary work to ready our community’s transportation network for the increasing risk associated with climate change and ensure a high level of service to our most vulnerable community members.

Click here to read the letter.

ECOS Climate Committee Meeting 1/19

Thursday, January 19th, 2023 – 6:00pm-7:30pm

Zoom link: ECOS ZOOM 6656164155 or call: 1 669 900 6833, Mtg ID: 665 616 4155

6:00 Welcome from Ralph Propper, Climate Committee Chair, and Susan Herre, President of BoD

6:10 Featuring: Meg Cederoth, Director of Planning and Sustainability, CA High Speed Rail Authority; Annika Ragsdale, formerly Climate Analyst for CA HSR, currently Lead Resilience Consultant for WSP

  • Overview of the California High-Speed Rail program and current construction activities
  • CA HSR’s Award-winning Sustainability Program: greenhouse gas mitigation and tracking, construction requirements, criteria air pollutant reductions, habitat conservation, and climate adaptation

6:40 Transportation Team Discussion, continued from previous night’s meeting

  • Continue discussion of “green” transportation for Sacramento region. What changes will be needed to meet the State’s climate goals by 2030, 2050? Is it greater than we are imagining?
  • How to make this new transportation team come to life. Where will it focus its energies?

This meeting is open to everyone interested in addressing one of our region’s most pressing challenges.

ECOS Climate and Transportation Team Meeting 1/18

Wednesday, January 18th, 2023 – 6:00pm-7:30pm

Zoom link: ECOS ZOOM 6656164155 or call: 1 669 900 6833, Mtg ID: 665 616 4155

6:00pm Welcome from Sam Rice, Transportation Team Lead, and Ralph Propper, Climate Committee Chair

6:10pm Featuring: Kevin McCarty, CA State Assemblymember

At a recent Environmental Advocacy meeting at Sacramento City Hall, we discussed how to obtain funding for needed programs in the wake of Measure A’s defeat. The Mayor encouraged us to think broadly, with the main concerns identified as transit and affordable housing. The need for outreach to the community was emphasized, as well as exploration of funding possibilities other than a sales tax.

James Corless reviewed highlights from SACOG’s 2020 MTP/SCS, emphasizing transit, and land use/housing/planning & engagement. The need to achieve the State’s 19% reduction target in GHG emissions was also discussed.

  • Measure A – Can the Legislature help a true citizens’ initiative for the Sacramento region in 2024 – one that focuses on transit and transit-oriented development, possibly with a special voting district created by the State legislature (e.g., the Sac RT service area)? Are other funding options available for a citizens’ initiative?
  • Federal climate and infrastructure funds (and State funds) may help fund transit and related concerns. Do we need matching funds from a local transit funding measure to obtain these funds? Would a regional vision based in equity and framed around transit, make a compelling case to the feds?
  • What state legislation might be coming that we should be aware of?What is the impact of the Governor’s proposed budget on regional concerns, e.g., adaptive re-use of office buildings to address the housing crisis
  • Advice on influencing environmental issues in our region?

6:40pm Transportation Team Kick-off Discussion

The Sacramento region has consistently ranked as one of the ten worst in the nation for unhealthy air (ozone and particulate matter). Most of our air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation, due to our over-reliance on personal vehicles. ECOS is a strong advocate against freeway expansion, and toward public transit and transit-oriented development.

Therefore, ECOS’ new Transportation Team will discuss:

  • The failure of Measure A and the need for a “green” transportation measure
  • The role of the transportation team in organizing around regional transportation issues including active outreach, advocacy, and opportunities for direct action

This meeting is open to everyone interested in addressing one of our region’s most pressing challenges.

ECOS Climate Committee Meeting 11/10

Thursday, November 10, 2022, 6 PM

Jennifer Venema, Climate Action Lead, City of Sacramento

Sacramento Climate Adaptation Plan Preliminary Public Review Draft and Building Electrification: New Building Ordinance; Existing Building Strategy

Link to join:

To phone in: 669-900-6833, Meeting ID: 665 616 4155

Click here for the agenda.

In 2020, after the Mayors’ Commission on Climate Change released its recommendations to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045, the Sacramento City Council directed staff to develop an ordinance for electrification of new construction and a strategy for existing building electrification, with a focus on under-resourced communities.

In July, under Jennifer Venema’s leadership, City staff released a draft Climate Action, and now a draft Adaptation Plan. A 2040 General Plan is expected this winter.

Click the links below to learn more about building electrification efforts by the City of Sacramento.

Plus in the meeting we’ll get updates on:

  • Sacramento County Climate Action Plan – Dec. 6 Board of Supervisor Meeting
  • Sacramento County Climate Emergency Mobilization Task Force
  • I-80 Causeway Project: Davis/Sacramento

Sacramento Transportation Authority Meeting Nov 10

Update: these two items of interest are postponed until November 10, 2022.

The STA Governing Board Meeting Agenda Packet for October 13, 2022 at 1:30 pm:

Item 9 discusses a strategy for using Measure A Smart Growth Incentive Program (SGIP) funds as a local match for the 2022-2023 SACOG Community Design Grant Program. The SACOG Community Design Grant Program focuses in on infill development and reducing VMT.

Item 10 provides a draft work plan for implementation of the Citizens’ Initiative should it pass in November. The draft work plan discusses among other things the need for policy development in the following areas:

  • Federal Air Quality, Metropolitan Transportation Plan and GHG Reduction Targets (Program Wide Policy)
  • Geographic and Social Equity (Program Wide Policy)
  • Complete Streets