In December 2007, the City of Sacramento adopted its first Sustainability Master Plan (SMP). The SMP is the city's road map to creating a sustainable city. It sets forth goals and long term targets that will guide the community toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting a greener way of doing business and living.
The 2010 Implementation Plan is the City's action plan for the next 12 months to move toward long-term sustainability targets. These include:
1) California FIRST Program: The city will use $740,000 of the US Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) for program staffing, education and marketing of the AB 811 program, California FIRST. The program is a voluntary special financing district which provides loans to residents to install energy efficiency and solar improvements in their homes. The program allows residents to pay for the improvements via an assessment on their property taxes.
2) Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Program for City Facilities: Utilizing a performance contracting consultant to review city facilities and make preliminary assessments for 20 energy conservation measures and using about $1.8 million of EECBG funds, the city will hire staff and move forward with refining and implementing these energy conservation measures within the next three years.
3) Solar for City Buildings: The city plans to enter into a solar power purchase agreement with a third party to install up to 5 megawatts of solar on city facilities.