ZERO EMISSIONS by 2030

Adults and students across the county support the goal. We have a long list of needed actions

Categories include 

A. Transportation & Housing

B. Food 

C. Energy

D. Public Education

E. Schools

F. Human Rights

G. More Trees and Food Forests

H. Limit Plastic Use

Details

  1. Transportation/Housing
  1. Require all major employers to set up electric van pools for their employees in Salinas and Hollister.
  2. Free bus passes for county resident employees.
  3. Charge employees and visitors for parking and use the revenue to support bus passes, JUMP bike credit, and other incentives.
  4. Incentives for car-pooling.
  5. Low cost loans/grants for employee e-bikes and used e-cars.
  6. More working from home when appropriate – telepresecence.  Less physical meetings and more ZOOM conferences.
  7. No more highway widening or other auto infrastructure such as parking garages.
  8. Reduce building requirements for parking spaces. Unbundle cost of parking from cost of housing.
  9. Support improved bus and/or train service in the county as much as possible.
  10. Local new housing along transit corridors whenever possible.
  11. Create bike buses and walking buses at all the schools to create healthy, climate-supporting transportation habits from youth. Currently most kids are driven to school.
  12. Create videos to educate people of the benefits of commuting without a car; include how to overcome the challenges of bike commuting and pedestrians such as carrying stuff, dealing with rain, safety techniques.
  13. Require all employers to offer free taxi/uber services in case of emergencies for all employees who switch to using buses, car-pool, bicycle use, e.g. in case of  a child needing to be taken to hospital during work hours

B. Food 

  1. Set up curbside composting for all county residents as well as restaurants and stores
  2. More public education on reducing food waste
  3. More public education on “Plant Based Diets”  aka “Eat Less Meat”
  4. Meat-less Mondays at County facilities
  5. All restaurants required to feature vegetarian and vegan options Prominently with delicious sounding descriptions
  6. More support $$ and education for regenerative farming methods. The transition from conventional to organic/regenerative is a financial 3 yr burden for farmers.

C. Energy

  1. All new or remodelled buildings to be Zero Carbon

Roof top solar, no natural gas, excellent insulation,,  smart thermostats preferred or, set existing thermostat to 67 in winter 73 on warmer summer days and automatic off when no-one is present.

water collection systems, low flow fixtures and water recycling for landscaping, 

  1. Funds found to encourage building retrofits to close to the same standards
  2. Encourage the use of High Efficiency Heat pumps for heat and cooling

D. Public Education

Set up an EN-ROADS workshop for county employees. (Time ~ 1 hr min) This will help everyone understand that we need to do EVERYTHING possible, but that all our actions WILL add up to a meaningful, helpful response to the Climate Crisis.

E. Schools

We need to address all of the above topics as specifically applied to schools, through the school boards, superintendents and principals

Start programs at all schools to incentivize “Car-Free to School Days” which increase the use of bike buses and walking buses, instead of the line of cars at our schools.

Present this to the stakeholders on the Green Schools committee. Work with science teachers to get the school board to adopt Climate Change curriculum.

F. Human Rights

  1. We need to work to reduce the homeless problem by providing more mental health services, more shelters, more affordable housing, better basic health services  etc. etc.
  2. Could also consider a steep “2nd Home tax” with the funds raising going to homeless services. If that led to less people buying 2nd homes in the area prices would not go up as quickly, and funds raised could be helpful. 

G. More Trees and Food Forests

Provide incentives and/or county land for 

  1. Extensive tree planting with $$ to cover watering in the first 3 summers.
  2. Establishment of local “Food forests” where family supplies of food can be grown.

H. Limit Plastic Use

1. Stores selling products in bulk to make paper bags available, along with information encouraging use of the paper bags or refillable containers.

2. Work with the State to prohibit use of thick plastic bags which bypass the current single use bag ban.

3. Install hydration stations

4. Require stores to sell reusable pods next to the single use coffee pods

5. Require optometrist offices to take back contact lenses