CLIMATE ACTION PLAN
Yolo County has been nationally recognized for its efforts in sustainability. Below is information about the County's work to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
Yolo County's 2030 General Plan, passed in 2009, required that the County develop a Climate Action Plan (CAP). Many local and regional agencies have taken this step to help the state reach its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals, which as described in Assembly Bill 32 (Global Warming Solutions Act) and most recently in Senate Bill 32.
To see Yolo County's Climate Action Plan and learn more, click here.
1982: Yolo County adopts energy plan
2009: Yolo County General Plan calls for creation of Climate Action Plan
2011: Climate Action Plan created using inventory with 2008 GHG data
2018: Climate Action Plan Inventory is updated using 2016 GHG data
Yolo County recently updated its greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory. The 2018 Technical Report shows that between 2008 and 2016 the County decreased its GHG inventory by 8%. This reduction does not include the GHG savings from Valley Clean Energy Alliance (VCEA), as that data was not yet available in 2016. The County continues to work towards reducing GHGs.
YOLO SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS
Yolo County has a long tradition of land stewardship and conservation practices. The Yolo County Board of Supervisors recognize sustainability as a goal to ensuring a thriving community for all. Below are some notable efforts that we’d like to share.
ANTI-SPRAWL PRACTICES: The County has a historic record of agricultural land preservation, strictly observed, dating back more than 50 years. A central tenet of all county land use decisions is that new growth be directed towards the cities as infill rather than sprawl (low density growth outside of urban areas). As a result, about 85-90 percent of Yolo County residents live in one of the four incorporated cities (West Sacramento, Davis, Winters, and Woodland), while only 20,000 residents live in the unincorporated areas of the county. Infill development has been an important contributor to greenhouse (GHG) reductions. The Yolo County General Plan specifically requires direction of new growth to the extent feasible to existing communities in order to reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT).
HANNAH AND HERBERT BAUER MEMORIAL GARDEN: Dedicated in 2013, the Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency hosts the Hanna and Herbert Bauer Memorial Garden, which grows fresh fruits and vegetables that is open to all residents. This garden helps residents overcome barriers to obtaining fresh produce by increasing access and education while encouraging appreciation for locally sourced food items, thereby encouraging practices that reduce transportation miles from farm to table.
COMMUNITY CHOICE AGGREGATION: In 2016, Yolo County in partnership with the City of Davis formed a Joint Powers Agency to create a community choice aggregation program known as Valley Clean Energy (VCE). Now with the addition of the City of Woodland, Valley Clean Energy strives to deliver cost-competitive clean electricity, price stability, energy efficiency, and greenhouse gas emission reductions. Click here to learn more.
YOLO COUNTY IS POWERED BY THE SUN: Yolo County was the first county in the U.S. to be grid-positive, meaning we produce more electricity through renewable energy projects than the county facilities use. For a short video about Yolo County's solar panels, click here.
2014: U.S. EPA welcomed Yolo County into the 2014/2015 Green Power Leadership Club Award
2014: Yolo County received the Leadership Award for its Countywide Solar Project at the Green California Summit
2013: U.S. EPA recognizes Yolo County as being among the nation's leading green power users.
2010: US National Renewable Energy Laboratory recognizes Yolo County as the “First Known use of Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds”
Below are resources for community members to engage in the county's sustainability efforts. Click to learn more.
PACE PROGRAMS: Interested in finance options to make your home more energy or water efficient? Click here to learn more about the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program.
RESOURCES AT THE YOLO COUNTY CENTRAL LANDFILL: Check out the Yolo County Landfill for a wide variety of tips and suggestions oN how to dispose of your waste in a sustainable and safe manner. From recycling your mattress to finding kiosks to drop-off old medications, and finding treasures at the County’s Big Blue Bard thrift store, the Yolo County Landfill offers amazing programs and resources for Yolo County residents.
- City of Davis: Water Conservation tools and tips
- City of West Sacramento: Programs and rebate on reducing water use
- City of Woodland: Ways to save with upgrades and retrofits
- City of Woodland: Ways to save with no-cost to low-cost actions
- YoloBus: Click here or call: (800) 371-2877. YoloBus provides route service and special charters between Davis, Woodland, West Sacramento and Sacramento. YoloBus provides connecting services to Sacramento, the Sacramento International Airport, Vacaville, Vallejo, and Fairfield. Yolobus Special provides ADA transit service within Yolo County.
- Unitrans: Click here or call (530) 752-2877. Unitrans has scheduled, fixed route service within Davis.
- Davis Community Transit Click here or call: (530) 747-8240. This service offers ADA transit within the City of Davis for eligible residents.
- Sacramento Regional Transit: Click here or call: (916) 321-2877. Sac RT provides scheduled, fixed route bus and light rail service in the greater Sacramento area.
- Fairfiled/Suisun Transit: Click here or call: (707) 422-2877. This transit line offers scheduled, fixed rout bus service between Davis, UC Davis and various points in Solano County.
- Amtrak: Click here or call: (800) 872-7245. Amtrak provides intercity rail service within California and is jointly operated by Amtrak and the California Department of Transportation.
SUSTAINABILITY: Check out this website from the City of Davis on what you can do.
SHARE IDEAS: The Mayors' Commission on Climate Change is always looking for ideas.
TREE CAMPAIGN: The City of Woodland is working to increase the tree canopy in its community.
JOIN A COMMITTEE: The City of Woodland has a new Sustainability Advisory Committee to help meet conservation goals and provide recommendations to the City Council.