In 1990, Sonoma County residents created the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District to permanently protect the greenbelts, scenic viewsheds, farms and ranches and natural areas of Sonoma County.
C-CAT is a GIS model that can be run for a county or other jurisdiction . It estimates how changes in land use, land management, and land cover affect landscape carbon sequestration and conservation values over time, and helps to identify areas where conservation goals are aligned with emissions reduction potential . The tool was developed for Sonoma County, but with region-specific inputs and scenarios, it could be applied to counties elsewhere in California and the United States .
The Buckeye Forest in Sonoma County was purchased to be used for sustainable forestry, restoration, grazing and public recreation by combining funds from nonprofits and carbon credits from California’s Cap & Trade Program.
Policies that will: protect old-growth and mature forests, achieve sustainable food & fiber production while protecting ecosystem services, and promote responsible, effective policies for carbon offsets and sequestration.
The creation of a Forest Carbon Reserve will be an essential part of any future Green New Deal. It would result in a substantial reduction in, and avoidance of, carbon emissions from forest degradation and fossil fuel production…
Is using wood beneficial or detrimental in the fight against climate change? Forest protection and stewardship are key.
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a financing option for permanent energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation projects. PACE financing is repaid as an assessment on the property’s regular tax bill.
Federal Tax Incentives for Energy Efficiency Upgrades in Commercial Buildings The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT) offered businesses tax deductions for the costs of improving the energy efficiency of commercial buildings. The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 extended provisions in EPACT. Click here to see the tax incentives that are available under this …
San Francisco Building Efficiency Programs San Francisco leads the state in many of its energy efficiency programs, including Energy Watch, GreenFinanceSF, the stimulus-funded SF Home Improvement Program, and the Commercial Boiler Retrofit program. These programs cover both residential and commercial sectors, and they target single and multifamily homes along with large and small businesses. Utility …
SCEIP offers PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing for permanent energy, water, wildfire safety, and seismic strengthening improvements through the property tax system. Financing is available for residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, multifamily and certain non-profit projects.