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PG&E commits $15K for city to take inventory of emissions

By From page A3 | September 26, 2012

PG&E has pledged $15,000 to the city of Davis to invest in updating its energy and greenhouse gas inventories as part of its Green Communities program.

Among other benefits, the new inventories will help the city analyze and track its energy consumption, transportation, fuel use and waste production, as well as identify opportunities to reduce local energy consumption.

The work will be completed by a local intern that the city can hire with the funding. The entire process will come at no cost to the city.

“Our partnership with PG&E’s Green Communities program is a pioneer initiative in the state and essential for the city of Davis to understand the true carbon footprint of our facilities,” Mitch Sears, the city’s sustainability programs manager, said in a statement.

“This update to the 2008 Davis greenhouse gas emissions report will help the community understand where we’ve made progress and what steps to take next to move toward our net zero carbon goals.”

PG&E’s Green Community program also will assist Davis in incorporating the inventory and forecasts that the intern produces into the city’s existing Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.

In collaboration with a UC Davis researcher, the program will ensure that the city’s emissions are in line with state goals.

The updated greenhouse gas emission inventories are expected by the end of this fall.

“PG&E’s work with the city of Davis through the utility’s Green Communities program is especially exciting because Davis was the first city in the nation to voluntarily inventory its greenhouse gas emissions,” said Lisa McNally, senior program manager for the Green Communities program at PG&E.

More than 200 communities in Northern and Central California already have conducted a GHG inventory with the help of Green Communities funding provided through PG&E’s Government and Community Partnerships.

Assembly Bill 32, signed into law in 2006, mandates that California reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

To help meet this goal in 2008, the Davis City Council made action on climate change and related issues one of its priorities and directed staff to prepare a greenhouse gas emission reduction plan to address emissions generated by both city operations and the community as a whole.

Davis was the first city in the nation to voluntarily commit to and complete the measurement and publicly report its municipal greenhouse gas emissions under the Climate Registry protocol.

Tom Sakash

Tom Sakash covers the city beat for The Davis Enterprise. Reach him at [email protected], (530) 747-8057 or @TomSakash.
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