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Climate Change Contacts

Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

Local Communities Partner with EPA to Fight Climate Change

Local Steps Bring Global Benefits

EPA Partners With Local Communities for Sustainable Solutions

These communities are currently CSS partners:

Chula Vista – EPA is helping the city research and develop materials for their organics composting study as support for an eventual City-wide food scraps composting ordinance. 

Commerce, CA – EPA is working with the City of Commerce as well as the Commerce Industrial Council to assist the local business community to implement sustainability improvements while benefitting their bottom line. 

Fresno, CA- EPA is convening local meetings with energy retrofit and indoor air quality experts to help retrofit homes to high standards of energy-efficiency and indoor air quality.

Fullerton, CA – EPA is collaborating with the City's Planning and Housing departments to incorporate energy efficient retrofits in low-income housing projects.

Pima County, AZ – EPA is contributing to a local working group of County and City staff to help them address local zoning code barriers, how land use patterns affect energy and water consumption, and best practices for encouraging infill and compact development.

Richmond, CA – EPA is collaborating with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the City to help Richmond and other cities develop renewable energy on degraded land and to consider energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy at its wastewater treatment facility.

Sacramento County, CA – EPA is contributing to a Green Building Task Force that is developing comprehensive recommendations for adopting a green building program in the City and County of Sacramento. 

Washoe County & Reno, NV – EPA garnered the City's and County's interest in pursuing a statewide home energy retrofit program.  By organizing a workshop in Reno and inviting experienced participants from California to share information, we seeded a new local effort to apply for $5 million in DOE funds which was recently awarded. 

When it comes to reducing greenhouse gases and fighting global climate change, local governments can have a large impact through projects such as improving energy efficiency in buildings and reducing community power usage, “smart growth” planning to reduce transportation needs, increasing recycling rates and recovering methane from landfills.

EPA’s Pacific Southwest Office helps local communities to reduce carbon by going green and integrating greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions into their operations.

The City of Chula Vista, California is developing a food scrap composting program.

Some communities in the Pacific Southwest area are already receiving assistance from the EPA Pacific Southwest Office local government climate team.  The City of Chula Vista, California, is developing a food scrap composting program, and EPA is providing the city with case studies of similar successful programs, research on odor management and plastics contamination, a peer review of the program proposal and help with grants and funding for GHG emissions reductions. EPA and Chula Vista will continue to work together as the new program is implemented and results are measured.

EPA provides each participating community with access to many federal resources including technical expertise, opportunities to network with similar local projects, simplified access to federal assistance programs, and national and local recognition for progress in reducing greenhouse gases.

Clean renewable solar power on a residential roof

EPA can assist communities with many GHG reduction strategies including:

  • Enacting ordinances requiring green buildings, and encouraging home energy audits and retrofits can save energy costs while saving carbon emissions.
  • Recycling  or composting wastes and reusing materials
  • Switching to renewable energy for residents and business, and using degraded lands for new renewable energy facilities
  • Smart land use planning to reduce vehicle miles traveled and greening vehicle fleets
  • Improving energy efficiency at wastewater treatment plants

All of these methods are proven to both significantly reduce a community’s carbon footprint as well as save money for local governments as their residents. EPA recognizes that GHG reductions on the community level are a key component in bringing about a sustainable future and fighting climate change, and is working to make sure that opportunities for federal assistance are fully utilized to help communities achieve their climate action goals.

For more information about EPA’s local government climate team, please contact:
Andre Villasenor
Karen Irwin

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