Conservation measures focus on increasing tree planting on residential and County land to sequester and store carbon from the atmosphere into the soil. Supporting efforts include promoting locally grown food and sustainable agricultural practices to conserve water, build soil health, and moderate soil temperatures during extreme heat days, and achieve continued greenhouse gas reductions. Measures in this sector will help the County achieve a reduction of 791 metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent in 2020 and 17,920 in 2030. 

MEASURES


Strategy A-1 – Support Conversion of Agricultural Equipment to Alternative Fuels

Strategy A-2 – Increase Carbon Sequestration

BACKGROUND


While agriculture is a major contributor to the local economy, it contributes 5% of the unincorporated county’s total greenhouse gas emissions from livestock, application of fertilizer, and the use of petroleum- or diesel-powered equipment. To help address greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector, the Climate Action Plan includes measures that focus on replacing older agricultural equipment with clean, efficient alternatives to lower emissions, improve air quality, and save money for farmers.

Achievements