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1. Who did it: Terra Nova Planning & Research, Inc. 400 South Farrell, Suite B-205, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Adopted July 13, 2010

The Climate Action Plan for the Town of Apple Valley, California, uses a 2005 baseline for setting a GHG emissions reduction target of 15% below 2005 levels by 2020. This equates to a community-wide reduction of 373,317 tons of CO2e by 2020. A similar municipal goal to reduce GHG emissions 15% below year 2005 levels by 2020 equates to a reduction of 1,315 tons of CO2e.

2. What they did (and when): The Plan then provides an overview of developing climate change and its projected scale and impacts moving forward to 2050. It also summarizes the evolution of California State laws (since 1988) developed to respond to global warming and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as a means of mitigating or suppressing those impacts. The Plan continues to detail Apple Valley’s 2005 GHG inventory, which indicates that roughly 70% of its community-wide emissions are associated with transportation. The strongest drivers of municipal-based emissions were buildings and faciliates, and transportation-related remissions, at 38% and 45%, respectively.

3. Why they did it:

4. Results/outcomes/successes/failures/lessons learned:
Principal strategies for reducing community-wide reductions targets for municipal reductions, with residential additions, including:

Transportation: Alternative vehicles and fuels enhanced public transit use, employee/employer initiatives such as Transportation Demand Management Plans for major employers. Employ use of biofuels for off-road vehicles in construction, create more bus stops and bus system efficiencies, and to develop multi-modal systems (e.g., trails, bicycle lanes, and equestrian routes) connecting homes to schools and commercial destinations
Energy: Energy and water efficiency measures and retrofits including drought-tolerant landscape
Renewable Energy: Solar, biogas and wind power generation measures for residential properties
Waste Management: Residential composting and residential/commercial targets for recycling and minimization (such as double-sided copying). Combined energy/heat facilities and, where feasible, use of recycled asphalt. Recycle or salvage of construction and demolition waste, reuse construction waste in project features (e.g., sidewalks), and facilitate public education.
New Development Measures: Promote mixed-use, infill and higher-density developments, coupled with enhanced urban tree canopy and best design and construction practices for schools (Collaborative for High Performance Schools)
Construction: Building and site design and construction to exceed by 20% the 2008 standards set under Title 24; urban tree canopy for hardscape such as sidewalks, parking lots and streets. Promote LEED standards, passive solar, environmentally efficient landscape design, energy efficient lighting design, and electrical charging stations – together with GHG emissions reductions calculations.