In Santa Barbara County, as elsewhere in California and globally, climate change challenges our status quo and contributes to a growing number of economic, social, and environmental problems. In recognition of these challenges and State-level policy direction, the County of Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors adopted in March 2009 the Santa Barbara County Climate Change Guiding Principles (Resolution 09-059). The Guiding Principles led to the development and Board adoption of the Energy and Climate Action Plan(ECAP) in May 2015.
The ECAP established a goal of reducing GHG emissions in the unincorporated parts of the county to 15 percent below 2007 levels by 2020 and identified 53 emissions reduction measures (ERMs) to achieve this goal. Examples of ERMs include: installing bike lanes to encourage active
GHG-free transportation; retrofitting buildings to be more energy-efficient; and keeping trash out of the landfill through reducing consumption, recycling, and composting. These 53 ERMs are then grouped into 11 core strategies such as Land Use Design, Waste Reduction, Agriculture, etc. Figure 1 outlines the
relative contribution each core strategy is expected to make to the overall amount of GHG emissions that are estimated to be reduced to meet the 2020 GHG reduction target.