City of Watsonville Charts a Path Toward Green Infrastructure

The City of Watsonville is also in the process of updating its Climate Action Plan to set new goals and expand on climate justice and adaptation. Its 2030 Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) will chart a path to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next 10 years, combat and adapt to the impacts of climate change, and explore options for restoring the environment. The first of two community surveys ends Aug. 15; A second survey will be open from Sept. 7 to Oct. 1 seeking input to prioritize specific climate action and adaptation strategies. Help set priorities, select strategies and voice your concerns by taking the survey here.

Under Watsonville’s CAP, a Carbon Fund Ordinance was established to encourage the implementation of renewable energy in development projects. The money collected from the Carbon Fund Fee is placed in a separate account to be used for citywide GHG reduction projects.

Additionally, thanks to a competitive grant from the Bay Area Council, the City of Watsonville is moving forward on development of a Green Infrastructure Implementation Plan to reduce the impacts of climate change by increasing water quality supply, improving flood protection along the Pajaro River, combating the urban heat island effect, and by improving neighborhood vitality. The city’s Public Works Department was one of 12 winners of the Bay Area Council Foundation’s $2 million Climate Resiliency Challenge.

“Every year California breaks another centuries-old record on drought, wildfire, flood, or heat,” said Jim Wunderman, president and CEO of the Bay Area Council. “Necessity is the mother of invention, and what’s urgently needed are innovative ways to protect California homes and businesses from the changes to our climate that are already well underway. With these 12 grants, we’re thrilled to be helping communities across California rethink what resilience means in the 21st century.” To learn more about Watsonville’s climate action efforts, how you can reduce your carbon footprint, and other conservation programs, check out its webpage.

If you are an MBEP member interested in sharing climate action planning efforts, tips, advice and/or resources with other members in the region, please contact agauer@mbep.biz