Office of Energy and Sustainable Development
Office of Energy and Sustainable Development

Sustainable City Policies Topic Listing

City of Berkeley Sustainability Policies - Over the years, the Berkeley City Council has adopted a number of resolutions and ordinances that have helped to increase the sustainability of the Berkeley Community. In addition, Berkeley has included sustainability principles in its Revised General Plan.  [more...]

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) - The City of Berkeley is working with the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) to conduct a pre-feasibility analysis of an EBMUD Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) to potentially serve Berkeley and other East Bay communities. CCA allows public agencies, such as EBMUD, to procure electric power on behalf of electric power customers. Under a CCA, PG&E would continue to provide delivery of the power and customer billing. Customers would have a choice to continue to purchase power directly from PG&E by opting out of the CCA. One of the key objectives of the EBMUD analysis would be to determine whether CCA can help the City achieve its Climate Action goals. [more...]

Streetlight Retrofit (LED lighting) - streetlightsOverview: In accordance with the Climate Action Plan, the City of Berkeley is replacing conventional street lights with more efficient lighting technologies to reduce energy and greenhouse gas emissions. Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting provides an improved, whiter, brighter light quality which enhances night visibility while lowering energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and maintenance costs. LEDs emit directional light which provides more control over what is lit (streets and sidewalks) versus what should remain dark (the night sky). This makes it easier to comply with the Dark Skies Initiative (, which aims to reduce light pollution and its associated wildlife impacts. [more...]

Municipal Energy Conservation - How the City of Berkeley is Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Municipal Operations While municipal operations contribute to less and 1% of the community-wide greenhouse gas inventory, the City plays an important role in providing leadership and demonstrating implementing actions.   [more...]

Guide to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Financing Districts for Local Governments - Improving energy efficiency in buildings is central to combating climate change, with more than a third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions coming from the building sector. Vital to this process is to develop innovative financing solutions that reach broadly across energy efficiency and low-carbon energy options. Energy Financing Districts were first proposed by the City of Berkeley, California in 2007 and have received increasing attention as a mechanism for financing residential or commercial clean energy projects, including energy efficiency, solar photovoltaic, or solar thermal systems.  [more...]

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