Community Sustainability The Claremont Experience

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   The Claremont Experience
          How one small city is working to
           achieve greater sustainability

                                  Electric Technology & Community Sustainability
                                                      APA California Conference
                                                           September 13, 2011
  Christopher Veirs
  Senior Planner/Sustainability Coordinator
  City of Claremont
City of Claremont

          • Population: 36,000
          • 30 miles east of Los Angeles
          • Foothills of the San Gabriel
            Mountain Range
          • Historic Community
          • College town with strong support
            for sustainability agenda
          • Ranked America’s 5th best place to
            live by Money Magazine in 2007
Background: City Actions
    Claremont Sustainable City Plan

• Drafted by 28-Person
  Citizen Task Force
• Adopted by City Council
  in October 2008
• Comprehensive Approach
  to Sustainability:
    • Economic
    • Social
    • Environmental
                                                   Goal Areas

The Plan divides sustainability into seven goal areas
     •   Resource Conservation
     •   Environmental and Public Health
     •   Transportation
     •   Sustainable Built Environment
     •   Open Space, Land Use & Ecology
     •   Housing & Economic Sustainability
     •   Outreach, Education and Implementation

   Based in Part on the United Nations Urban Environmental Accords
                              Implementing Bodies

                              Citizen Oversight
                              Reviews Grade Cards,
                             Provides Advice to Staff      Sustainable
Green Team                       and City Council           Claremont
      City Staff                                        Community Based Non-Profit
Coordinates and Carries
Out City Actions, Collects                               Educates Community, Hosts
 Data, Prepares Annual                                      Activities and Events,
       Grade Card                                         Facilitates Citizen Action
Annual Sustainability Report Card

                • Required by Sustainability Plan
                • Measuring progress is essential
                  to achieving goals
                • Grades given for both City and
                • Awareness leads to action
Report Card Format
                          EXAMPLE GRADE CALCULATION

Water Consumption – Community Wide
                                Total Potable Water Consumed Community Wide
                                                                                                                   • Target:
                                                                                                                     Reduce 20%
                     5,000,000,000                                                                                   by 2012 and
                                                                                                                     40% by 2017
Total Gallons Used

                     2,500,000,000                                                                                 • Results
                     1,000,000,000                                                                                   wide): 13.2%
                                -                                                                                    cut in 2010
                                         2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

                     Actual Potable Water Consumed          Target Reduction          Baseline (Avg 1995 - 2003)
                                                                                                                   • Grade: Meets
                                                                                                                     Goal (=)
Claremont Energy Goals

• Reduce energy use by 20% by 2015
     (municipal corporation and broader community)

• Increase local production of renewable energy
• Educate community regarding rebates and incentives
• Promote energy audits
• Recognize local energy efficiency and conservation leaders
San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership

Partners: SGVCOG, SGV Cities, So Cal Edison
Goal: Provide technical assistance and incentives
        to Cities to encourage energy efficiency
 Incentives: Enhanced rebates, free audits,
       awards program
 City Projects Completed:
   •   Facility Audits
   •   Extensive relamping of major City facilities
   •   Energy mgmt. software for City PC’s
   •   Timers & motion sensors for HVAC and lighting
 Results since 2008:
   • $40,000 in rebates (50% of project costs)
   • $135,00 in energy savings to City
   Claremont Home Energy Retrofit Project

• Partners: City, Industry Experts,Volunteers,
                  Energy Upgrade California
• Purpose: Encourage homeowners to complete
               home energy retrofits
• Target: 130 homes retrofitted by 2012 (1% of total)
• Actions Taken:
      •   Educational Workshops
      •   Coverage in local papers
      •   Email blasts and Website
      •   Contractor Fairs
      •   $250 incentive paid to home owners by City

• Results:
      • Approximately 30 homes completed – many more in pipeline
      • Higher than average adoption rate

               CHERP offers best potential to cut Community-wide energy use
 California Green Communities Challenge

• Leading So. Cal. cities challenging each
  other to become more sustainable
• Supported by sponsoring partners and
  the Environmental Media Association
• Participants work together to develop
  individualized Action Plans for each City
• Share resources, success stories and
  lessons learned to help improve results
  for all cities
          Plug In Electric Vehicle Readiness

• Claremont predicted to be an early
  adopter market for PEV’s

• based on hybrid vehicle registration, we
  are anticipating over 500 PEV’s by 2014

• City participating in SoCal EV Ready
  Program to install public chargers

• City is streamlining permit process
  for home charger installations

• Colleges also installing public chargers
            Upcoming Projects

• PACE loans for commercial properties
• Energy Management Information System (EMIS)
• PV solar on City facilities (funded by EECBG program)
• Street lighting Upgrades? (current utility rate structure offers
  no financial incentive to cities, LED’s promising but unproven)

            Christopher Veirs
Senior Planner/Sustainability Coordinator
           City of Claremont

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