Built Environment and Transportation measures emphasize strategies to acquire open space and agricultural easements, reduce single-occupancy vehicle driving, reduce the distances employees drive, increase electric vehicle infrastructure in the unincorporated areas, encourage mixed-use and compact community design, and encourage and facilitate the ability for people to choose other modes of transportation such as walking and biking. In addition, the County is working to decarbonize its fleet by transitioning County vehicles to alternative fuels such as renewable diesel and shifting to electric cars. Measures in this sector will help the County achieve reductions of 6,020 metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent in 2020 and 233,758 metric tons in 2030.

MEASURES


Strategy T-1 – Reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled

Strategy T-2 – Shift Towards Alternative Modes of Transportation

Strategy T-3 – Decarbonize On-Road and Off-Road Vehicle Fleet

Strategy T-4 – Invest in Local Projects to Offset Carbon Emissions

BACKGROUND


The use of automotive transportation is the largest contributor to the unincorporated county’s GHG emissions. The unincorporated county’s rural and suburban nature is characteristic of dispersed development, low density population, and remote travel destinations each of which contribute to greater vehicle miles traveled by residents than in our region’s cities. In 2014 (the baseline year of data used by the CAP to estimate emissions) on-road transportation made up 45% of all emissions from the unincorporated county.  

Achievements   

  • Acquired 670-acre Mountain Meadow parcel for open space
  • Acquired 3,628 acres of open space conservation land 
  • Purchased agricultural easements on 793 acres
  • Reduced County fleet emissions by 11%
  • Transitioned to 93% renewable diesel fuel to power County diesel vehicles 
  • Adopted the Active Transportation Plan and Complete Streets Policy in October 2018