Sustainability means meeting the needs of current generations without impairing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainability is an important strategy for the long-term health of the people, economy, and environment of Healdsburg.
Healdsburg’s Sustainability Targets:
Reduce dependence on fossil-based energy supplies
Develop and increase the use of renewable energy resources
Engage and educate our customers to take a more active role in assessing their own energy and water use, and adopting personal sustainability habits
Monitor, measure, and continually improve our sustainability practices
Develop and increase the use of reclaimed water and preserve local water supply
Promote and enhance sustainable transportation methods and reduce number of miles driven
Climate Actions Taken
Installed a floating solar array at the City’s Wastewater Treatment facility to produce about 8% of the City's electricity needs.
Created an e-bike rebate program to encourage residents to bike around Healdsburg instead of driving a car to reduce GHG emissions and vehicle miles travelled.
Implemented an Energy Reach Code to reduce fossil fuel combustion in new construction.
Converted all municipal electric accounts to Healdsburg’s Green Rate (100% renewable energy).
Retrofitted all City’s street and pathway lights to LED lighting.
Provided low income direct install energy efficiency program in 340 single family and multifamily homes at no cost to residents. This saved approximately 287,000 kWh per year.
Purchased a hybrid electric bucket truck, electric parking enforcement vehicle, and a plug-in hybrid to reduce the City vehicle fleet’s GHG emissions.
Installed 12 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at City Hall. Provide free charging at nights and weekends.
Continuously provide energy efficiency and water conservation programs including rebates and incentives, educational workshops, and in-person audits.
New Programs and Initiatives
Pursuing the procurement of low and no-carbon energy resources in order to lower the City’s overall energy carbon content to less than 200 pounds per megawatt-hour.
The City of Healdsburg works closely with the Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA). The RCPA coordinates climate protection activities countywide and performs a variety of important related functions including advocacy, project management, planning, finance, grant administration, and research.