Emission Reduction Strategies

 

LUD 1- Promote Infill Development

Promoting infill development will allow for efficient use of land resources currently available in Santa Barbara County.

2020 Performance Metric:  420 total infill units
GHG Reduction:  460 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric: 910 total infill units
GHG Reduction:  1,050 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s):
 Planning and Development



LUD 2- Transit-Oriented Development

Coordinate office, commercial, industrial, and high-density residential developments with mass transit service and existing or proposed bikeways. Providing more mass transit services and improving the county's bikeways will work in tandem with the promotion of infill development to encourage the use of mass transit.

2020 Performance Metric:  508,510 square feet of mixed-use buildings
GHG Reduction:  1,240 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric: 1,271,280 square feet of mixed-use buildings
GHG Reductions: 2,550 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s): Planning and Development



LUD 3 – Affordable Housing

Work to increase workforce and affordable housing in Santa Barbara County. Increasing affordable housing in Santa Barbara County will reduce GHG emissions, as more residents will travel shorter distances between work and their place of residence.

2020 Performance Metric:  420 total infill units
GHG Reduction:  460 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric: 910 total infill units
GHG Reduction:  1,050 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s):  Planning and Development and Community Services


 


T 1- Car Sharing and Ride Sharing

Create new or additional or improve existing car-sharing and ride-sharing programs. Increasing car- and ride-sharing programs will lead to a reduction in GHG, as well as a decrease in the number of single-passenger vehicle trips.

 

2020 Performance Metric:  8,380 car-share/vanpool participants
GHG Reduction:  5,770 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric:  10,900 car-share/vanpool participants
GHG Reduction:  9,280 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s): Planning and Development and Public Works



T 2- Commuter Incentives

Work cooperatively with major local employers and/or Traffic Solutions to offer incentives and services that decrease single-occupant automobile commuting.

 

Employers can offer incentives (such as discounted bus passes, vacation accrual for those who carpool, etc.) as a way to assist in the decrease in reliance on single-occupant automobile commuting. This, in turn, reduces GHG.

2020 Performance Metric:  8,380 car-share/vanpool participants
GHG Reduction:  3,460 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric:  10,900 car-share/vanpool participants
GHG Reduction:  6,810 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s): Planning and Development and Public Works



T 3- Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Incentives

Increase the use of alternative-fuel vehicles, and plan for the development of alternative-fuel infrastructure.

2020 Performance Metric:  1,400 EV charging stations
GHG Reduction: 
1,670 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric:  3,500 EV charging stations
GHG Reduction:   
3,650 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s): Planning and Development


 

 


T 4- Alternative and Active Transportation

Enhance alternative and active transportation by enhancing alternative and active transportation methods, residents of Santa Barbara County can utilize other options instead of relying solely on fuel combustion vehicles or single-occupant vehicles.

2020 Performance Metric:  65% of residents within ¼ mile of transit
GHG Reduction: 
1,330 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric:  75% of residents within ¼ mile of transit
GHG Reduction:   2,430 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s):  Planning and Development and Public Works

 



T 5- Integrated Bikeway System

Complete an integrated bikeway system, linking residences with commercial centers, work locations, schools, parks, and mass transit facilities, considered to be a high priority for promoting the use of the bicycle as a primary mode of transportation. Improving the transportation linkages between residential and commercial uses and transit centers could increase the number of bicycle users and reduce the use of combustion vehicles.

2020 Performance Metric:   1,060 new bike commuters
GHG Reduction:  1,720 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric:  1,700 new bike commuters
GHG Reduction:   2,480 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s):  Public Works

 



T6- Improve Pedestrian Convenience, comfort, and safety

 If walking and/or biking are made safer and more convenient, residents will be more likely to choose alternative or active modes of transportation, as opposed to relying on combustion vehicles for travel.

 2020 Performance Metric:   3,260 students using alternative modes
GHG Reduction:  2020 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric:  3,390 students using alternative modes
GHG Reduction:   
3,280 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s):   Public Works and Planning and Development

 



T 7- Vehicle Idling

Reduce vehicle idling through enforcement and education targeted toward commercial vehicle operators, school parents, and government employees. Reducing the amount of vehicle idling can help lower the amount of GHG emissions throughout the county.

2020 Performance Metric:   5 percent reduction in commercial vehicle idling
GHG Reduction:  6,590 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric:   10 percent reduction in commercial vehicle idling
GHG Reduction:   
13,330 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s):   Public Works



T 8- Traffic Signal Efficiencies

Implement traffic signal synchronization and detection technologies or traffic calming measures to reduce idling emissions. This measure is supportive of other measures that promote the use of non-motorized transit, including T 5 and T 6, and measures that reduce vehicle idling time, including T 7. There are no assumptions, GHG reductions, or performance indicators for supportive measures.

2020 Performance Metric:    Supportive
GHG Reduction:   N/A

2035 Performance Metric:   Supportive
GHG Reduction:    
N/A

Responsible Department(s):   Public Works



T 9- Commuter Rail Connections

Develop commuter rail connections between employment centers. Emphasizing commuter rail as an option for transportation will assist in reduced reliance on combustion and single-passenger vehicles.

2020 Performance Metric:    290 daily train riders
GHG Reduction:   2,030 MTC02e

2035 Performance Metric:   870 daily train riders
GHG Reduction:    5,560 MTC02e

Responsible Department(s):  Planning and Development   


 

 


BE 1- Energy Efficiency Education and Outreach

Increase public energy conservation and awareness; provide information and education to the general public, businesses, and organizations on the importance of energy conservation and available programs, products, and incentives regarding energy efficiency and alternatives; promote existing low-income energy conservation and weatherization programs; and coordinate with local utility providers and nonprofits to develop additional energy efficiency programs. Increasing awareness and bolstering existing educational programs related to energy efficiency will help to change consumer behavior regarding energy use.

2020 Performance Metric:    27,840 people participating in education programs
GHG Reduction:   3,160 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric:    36,170 people participating in education programs
GHG Reduction:    4,060 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s):   Community Services

 


 


BE 2 – Energy-Efficient Renovations

Incentivize homeowners and commercial and industrial building owners to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings upon renovation or alteration; support and provide resources for tax credits, grants, loans, and other incentives to assist the public, businesses, and local agencies with the purchase of energy-efficient equipment.

By providing education and/or incentives to owners who complete energy renovations, the energy efficiency of buildings will improve across the county and, ultimately, contribute to the reduction of GHG emissions.

2020 Performance Metric:    4,530 retrofitted homes
GHG Reduction:   15,480 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric:    14,080 retrofitted homes
GHG Reduction:    
32,469 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s):   Planning and Development and Community Services



BE 3 – Green Business Participation

Increase participation in the Santa Barbara County Green Business Program (GBP). The Santa Barbara County GBP encourages local businesses to serve as models of sustainability and to integrate environmental responsibility into their operations.

2020 Performance Metric:    100 certified green businesses
GHG Reduction:   1,960 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric:    150 certified green businesses
GHG Reduction:    3,100 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s):   Public Works

 



BE 4- Energy Efficiency Education and Outreach to New Homeowners and Nonresidential Building Owners

Promote energy efficiency upgrades of buildings, and encourage disclosure of energy use history when nonresidential buildings are leased or sold.

2020 Performance Metric:    6,120 cumulative residential retrofits
GHG Reduction:   20,670 MTC02e

2035 Performance Metric:    21,416 cumulative residential retrofits
GHG Reduction:    35,790 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s):   Planning and Development and Community Services

 



BE 5 – Community Forestry

Maintain and expand the drought-tolerant and native tree population.

Increasing the drought-tolerant and native tree population will not only enhance cooling benefits but will also help to capture and reduce GHG emissions and conserve water in the county.

2020 Performance Metric:    3,000 numbers of trees planted
GHG Reduction:   640 MTC02e

2035 Performance Metric:    7,500 number of trees planted
GHG Reduction:    1,610 MTC02e

Responsible Department(s):   Public Works and Planning and Development

 



BE 6- Smart Grid Technology

Support the local utility providers' implementation of smart grid technology in new and existing residential and nonresidential properties. Smart grid technology allows energy users to access real-time data regarding energy usage and to make conscious consumer choices about when to use versus not use energy.

2020 Performance Metric:     85 percent of customers with Smart Meter Technology
GHG Reduction:    3,350 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric:    90 percent of customers with Smart Meter Technology
GHG Reduction:    5,620 MTC02e

Responsible Department(s):   Planning and Development

 



BE 7- Lawn and Garden Equipment

Increase the use of electric or alternative-fuel lawn and garden equipment through the development of an exchange or rebate program. By switching to electric lawn and garden equipment (or with technologies that support the use of alternative fuels), residents can make an easy change to help reduce GHG emissions.

2020 Performance Metric: 2,690 lawn mowers replaced
GHG Reduction:  50 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric:  4,660 lawn mowers replaced
GHG Reduction:  80 MTC02e

Responsible Department(s):   Planning and Development and SBCAPCD


 


BE 8- Energy Efficiency and Green Building Standards

Implement energy efficiency and green building practices in new and existing developments to exceed the California Green Building Standards Code (Title 24) standards. The County of Santa Barbara's green building program (Smart Build Santa Barbara) is updated as state building requirements, such as Title 24, are updated. These updates influence building practices throughout the county.

2020 Performance Metric: 420 new homes exceeding Title 24
GHG Reduction: 
2,110 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric:  2,880 new homes exceeding Title 24
GHG Reduction: 
3,010 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s):   Planning and Development and Community Services


 


BE 9 – Efficient Building Design

Assist architects, builders, and others in using state-of-the-art energy technology, design, and spatial orientation for more efficient buildings; increase the use of passive solar design and daylighting in existing and new structures.

Choosing a building design that takes advantage of elements such as passive solar design and daylighting is an inexpensive way to help reduce energy use and can be easily incorporated into the early stages of design. Supportive measures do not produce direct, measurable GHG reductions. There are no sources for GHG reduction calculations for supportive measures.

2020 Performance Metric: Supportive
GHG Reduction: 
N/A

2035 Performance Metric:  Supportive
GHG Reduction: 
N/A

Responsible Department(s):   Planning and Development and Community Services

 



BE 10 – Construction Equipment Operations

Implement best management practices (BMPs) for construction equipment operation; examples of BMPs include reduced equipment idling, use of alternative fuels or electrification of equipment, and proper maintenance and labeling of equipment.

Implementing BMPs for construction equipment will help with a comprehensive reduction in energy use throughout the county.

2020 Performance Metric: 90 percent of projects implementing BMPs
GHG Reduction: 
990 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric:  90 percent of projects implementing BMPs
GHG Reduction: 
980 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s):   Planning and Development and Public Works



RE 1- Alternative Energy Development

Increase the use of alternative energy technology as appropriate in new and existing development.

2020 Performance Metric: 300 residential renewable energy systems installed
GHG Reduction: 
1,660 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric:  1,050 residential renewable energy systems installed
GHG Reduction: 
4,790 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s):   Community Services and Planning and Development



RE 2- Water Heaters

Increase the replacement of existing water heaters with high-efficiency, tankless, or solar water heaters.

2020 Performance Metric:  60 solar water heaters installed
GHG Reduction: 
40 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric:  420 solar water heaters installed
GHG Reduction: 
290 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s):   Planning and Development and Community Services  

 



RE 3- Alternative Energy Incentives

Adopt a policy or program that offers incentives (such as streamlined permitting, permit waivers, or fee waivers) to encourage a switch in electricity generation from fossil fuels to renewable sources through small-scale renewable electricity generation.

The County of Santa Barbara's green building program (Smart Build Santa Barbara) offers incentives to applicants to encourage builders to implement renewable energy sources in building design.

2020 Performance Metric: 420 new homes exceeding Title 24
GHG Reduction: 
2,110 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric:  2,880 new homes exceeding Title 24
GHG Reduction: 
3,010 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s):   Planning and Development and Community Services



RE 4- Utility-Scale Renewable Energy Projects

Promote the use of clean alternative energy production by encouraging development of utility-scale renewable electrical generation facilities.

Utility-scale renewable electrical generation facilities will aid in the reduction of traditional electricity use and encourage residents to use a robust suite of options when using electricity.

2020 Performance Metric:  10 mid-sized projects installed to date with average size of 3 MW
GHG Reduction:  10,610 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric:   25 mid-sized projects installed to date with average size of 3 MW
GHG Reduction:  25,880 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s): Planning and Development and Public Works



IEE 1- Efficient Equipment Incentives

Support legislation for tax credits, grants, loans, and other incentives to assist the public, businesses, and local agencies with the purchase of energy-efficient industrial equipment.

By reducing the fees required for the purchase of energy-efficient industrial equipment, interested parties can access such equipment and aid in increased energy efficiency throughout the county.

2020 Performance Metric:  25% of industrial facilities to date to install new equipment
GHG Reduction:  1,710 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric:   50% of industrial facilities to date to install new equipment
GHG Reduction:  3,370 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s):  Planning and Development and Community Services

 



IEE 2- Energy Management Programs

Increase industrial energy user participation in energy management programs such as the EnergyStar Benchmarking Program to ensure the efficient use of energy resources and proper operation of equipment and facilities.

Benchmarking Program to ensure the efficient use of energy resources and proper operation of equipment and facilities.

Encouraging participation in energy management programs will aid in the practice of energy-efficient behaviors throughout the county.

2020 Performance Metric:  25% of industrial facilities implementing an energy management program
GHG Reduction:  310 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric:   50% of industrial facilities implementing an energy management program
GHG Reduction:  320 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s):  Planning and Development

 



IEE 3- Efficient Upgrade Incentives

Implement energy efficiency upgrades at industrial facilities through streamlining permit review, providing rebates for audits, and highlighting best practices among similar energy users.

Highlighting BMPs for operators of industrial facilities can assist in increasing energy efficiency in such businesses.

2020 Performance Metric:  50% of facilities audited to date and 90% of audited facilities completing renovations
GHG Reduction:  5,910 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric:   80% of facilities audited to date and 90% of audited facilities completing renovations
GHG Reduction:  10,410 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s):  Planning and Development


IEE 4 – Efficient Equipment

Increase the use of energy-efficient or EnergyStar-rated equipment at new or renovated industrial facilities.

By encouraging the use of energy-efficient equipment, interested parties can access such equipment and aid in the increase of energy efficiency throughout the county.

2020 Performance Metric:  10% of additional facilities to upgrade equipment
GHG Reduction:  1,050 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric:   25% of additional facilities to upgrade equipment
GHG Reduction:  2,750 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s):  Planning and Development and Public Works


WR 1 – Waste Reduction

Continue to support the programs associated with efficient waste collection and recycling, public school education, and composting.

2020 Performance Metric:  85% diversion rate
GHG Reduction:  19,020 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric:   95% diversion rate
GHG Reduction:  31,560 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s):  Public Works


WR 2 – Increased Recycling Opportunities

Seek additional opportunities for county residents to recycle cardboard, glass, paper, and plastic products.

Increasing recycling and expanding the ways in which residents can recycle will aid in waste reduction throughout the county.

2020 Performance Metric:  85% diversion rate
GHG Reduction:  16,360 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric:   95% diversion rate
GHG Reduction:  27,150 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s):  Public Works and Planning and Development


WR 3-  Water-Efficient Landscaping

Increase the use (per Government Code Section 65590, Article 10.8) of native or drought-tolerant landscaping and smart irrigation technologies in new and renovated developments and at public parks and facilities.

2020 Performance Metric: 20% water reduction target
GHG Reduction:
270 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric: 35% water reduction target
GHG Reduction:
460 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s): Public Works and Planning and Development


WR 4- Reduce or Minimize GHG emissions from waste materials deposited into landfills

Landfills are large producer of GHGs, and implementing best management practices at these facilities could lead to the capture of GHGs in certain areas around the County.

2020 Performance Metric: 7.6 Million kWh of renewable energy generation
GHG Reduction: 870 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric: 10.4 Million kWh of renewable energy generation
GHG Reduction:
1,300 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s): Public Works


WR 5- Clean Waste Collection Vehicles

Reduce GHG emissions from waste collection vehicles through the use of alternative fuels. Implementing alternative fuels throughout the waste collection fleet of vehicles in Santa Barbara County will aid in the reduction of GHG emissions.

2020 Performance Metric: 90% of vehicles converted
GHG Reduction:
270 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric: 100% Vehicles Converted
GHG Reduction:
360 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s): Public Works


GO 1- Energy Efficiency and Retrofits, Education, and Financing

County facilities shall be retrofitted and designed to improve energy efficiency, particularly where a reasonable return on investment can be realized. Promote energy conservation through educational and competition-based programs and expand efforts to finance energy efficiency projects

2020 Performance Metric: 25% electricity reduction in government operations and 15% natural gas reduction
GHG Reduction:
2,260 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric: 75% electricity reduction in government operations and 20% natural gas reduction
GHG Reduction:
6,000 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s): General Services


GO 2- Zero Net Energy

In 2014, the County Board of Supervisors adopted a Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Resolution as part of the County's Sustainability Progress Report (SPR). All new Santa Barbara County-owned facilities and major renovations beginning design after 2025 must be constructed as ZNE facilities with an interim target for 50 percent of new facilities beginning design after 2020 to be ZNE. Santa Barbara County departments shall also take measures toward achieving ZNE for 50 percent of the square footage of existing County-owned facilities by 2025 and the remaining 50 percent by 2035. This measure is working in conjunction with GO 1.

2020 Performance Metric: 4,080,310 kWh produced from solar
GHG Reduction:
970 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric: 7,288,650 kWh produced from solar
GHG Reduction:
930 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s): General Services


GO 3- Fuel-efficient and alternative fuel vehicle fleet

The County shall purchase fuel-efficient and alternative fuel vehicles for the County fleet, to the maximum extent feasible.

2020 Performance Metric: 26 new hybrids, 6 new EVs, 10 new NEVs or 5% of all new vehicles to be efficient
GHG Reduction:
100 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric: 102 new hybrids, 23 new EVs, 40 new NEVs, and 20% of all new vehicles to be efficient.
GHG Reduction:
350 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s): General Services


GO 4- Commute Trip and Fuel Use reduction

The County shall purchase fuel-efficient and alternative fuel vehicles for the County fleet, to the maximum extent feasible.

2020 Performance Metric: 10% reduction in emissions from TDM efforts
GHG Reduction:
980 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric: 15% reduction in emissions from TDM efforts
GHG Reduction:
1,540 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s): General Services


GO 5- Environmentally Preferable Procurement

The County shall procure products made from recycled materials to the maximum extent possible and as budget constraints allow. (This measure is supportive and not quantified in terms of GHG reductions).

2020 Performance Metric: Supportive
GHG Reduction:
N/A

2035 Performance Metric: Supportive
GHG Reduction:
N/A

Responsible Department(s): General Services


GO 6- Water efficiency & Conservation

Reduce water use in County facilities by 20% over forecasted levels by 2020 following SBX7 (the Water Conservation Act of 2009) and by 20% over forecasted levels by 2035.

2020 Performance Metric: 20% reduction in indoor water use
GHG Reduction:
4 MTCO2e

2035 Performance Metric: 25% reduction in indoor water use
GHG Reduction:
10 MTCO2e

Responsible Department(s): General Services