Environmental Legacy

Preserve and protect Petaluma’s environment for future generations and become a municipal leader in sustainability by protecting our river and open space; reducing and drawing down greenhouse gas emissions; and encouraging sustainable development.

Goal 1: Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Priorities

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46 Establish and promote a citywide sustainability program leading with exemplary environmental practices.
47 Adopt a Zero Waste ordinance.
56 Update Implementing Zoning Ordinance (IZO) to ensure ability to provide full environmental review for all discretionary projects.
60 Adopt a citywide single-use plastic and polystyrene ban.
64 Create tool / dashboard that tracks City progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration.
66 Educate our community and provide sustainability tools for City staff, developers, employers, property owners and all residents.
191 Develop an initial outreach and engagement plan that the city funds as part of resourcing and educating Petalumans, including outreach campaigns and events to increase knowledge of energy efficiency and building electrification benefits and ensure that local energy providers or businesses that sell home energy equipment provide up-to-date and climate-smart options.
193 Identify funds to support Storm Water program and infrastructure.
194 Adopt a VMT policy that is consistent with the 2030 carbon neutrality goal. In order to meet these targets, prepare policy recommendations for rapidly implementing alternative clean, safe, accessible, and affordable and active and public transportation modes to meet the rising community need for climate-friendly transportation.
196 Update the City's Integrated Pest Management Plan and formalize a policy of how the City maintains its parks, trails, open spaces, streetscape, creeks, landcape assessment districts, and other City's properties in a more sustainable way that is better for the environment, the community, and the health of the public and staff.
203 Impose a moratorium on City purchases of fossil fuel powered vehicles, power equipment, and appliances, with limited exceptions for emergency vehicles and equipment where no low climate pollution causing alternatives are reasonably available.
206 Develop an assessment of climate change impacts by neighborhood and demographic group to assess where and for whom environmental justice and equity work needs to be focused.

Next Year's Priorities

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42 Find ways for City operations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve water, decrease waste, and minimize use of fossil fuels and investigate and pursue options for carbon sequestration.
49 Install solar panels on city-owned properties where appropriate and work with Sonoma Clean Power on a solar program for potential revenue generation.
50 Engage the Regional Climate Protection Agency, City Council, staff, and community members in the development of a city-wide Climate Action Plan.
52 Develop a framework to move the city and transit vehicle fleet from fossil-fuel based to hybrid, renewable compressed natural gas, and/or electric vehicles and continue pursuing grant funding opportunities for electric vehicles.
71 Revisit flood plain management practices to address climate change and sea level rise.
192 Ensure equitable new development, including affordable housing and shelters, by revising the General Plan, building and development codes, and other relevant City policies to apply climate-action equity priorities fairly across the board.
197 Inform and invite local California Native peoples into our ongoing dialogue as part of cultivating respectful and collaborative relationships with indigenous communities with the intention to understand, highlight, and integrate their community needs, climate action priorities, and ecological insight and values into our climate actions.
200 Use the Climate Emergency Framework as a foundation for the new General Plan update, including all guiding principles.
201 Integrate climate action, environmental justice and public health improvements throughout the General Plan document and include elements and/or extensive discussion (including community and expert discussion) and metrics for Environmental Justice, Climate and Healthy Communities so that all planning and land use related CEF goals and objectives are fully developed and embodied in the General Plan. As part of the General Plan process develop and adopt a Climate Action Plan that contains the action the City shall take and ask the community to undertake over the life of the General Plan towards meeting the CEF Goals. Ensure equitable new development by revising building and development codes, and other relevant City policies to apply climate-action equity priorities fairly across the board concurrently or in advance of the General Plan update process.
204 Evaluate the process to divest from all fossil-fuel investments including pension funds and the costs/benefits of developing a new carbon neutral and green economy investment portfolio.
207 Adopt a natural gas ban for new construction and adopt a policy to phase in building energy retrofits for existing buildings to meet climate targets. Provide resources and programs to ensure retrofits are available and affordable to low-income residents and do not cause rent increases for tenants over and above monthly savings on utility bills from the upgrades and include tenant protections to avoid displacement and eviction.

Key Achievements

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44 Consider and move forward to adopt City’s participation in Sonoma Clean Power’s Evergreen program.
48 Adopt an ordinance creating and empowering a City Climate Commission.
190 Make permanent the moratorium on new gas stations and develop a plan for building out publicly available EV charging infrastructure and capacity to meet projected needs.
195 Enact a prohibition on new gas stations throughout the City.
198 Adopt 2030 as the City’s target for carbon neutrality.
202 Develop a plan and timeline to source 100% renewable energy for use in City facilities, and advocate and work with regional partners to ensure 100% clean renewable power for all City residents in order to meet Petaluma’s 2030 carbon neutrality target.

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Margaret Mead

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