Climate Action

Cal Poly SLO graduate students have partnered with the City to update the Climate Action Plan. This includes seeking community feedback to gather perspectives from both residents and workers in Morro Bay to help shape strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for the local impacts of climate change. 

For media information, check out this story about the help from Cal Poly students on our Climate Action Plan update!

For more information on the update of the Climate Action Plan including what is a climate action plan (CAP), climate threats identified in the 2014 CAP, climate successes since 2014, and ways to stay connected, check out the informational flyer available here.

The City of Morro Bay adopted a Climate Action Plan (CAP) in 2014.  The CAP is a long-range plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from City government operations and community activities within Morro Bay and prepare for the anticipated effects of climate change.

In 2017, the City completed a Community Vulnerability and Resilience Assessment (CVRA) as part of the comprehensive update to Plan Morro Bay, the combined General Plan/ Local Coastal Program (LCP) Coastal Land Use Plan update that was adopted in 2021. The CVRA covers the topics of land use, infrastructure, natural resources, parks, recreation, and open space as well as water and water quality. The earth's changing climate is a global issue that has the potential to create specific problems for Morro Bay. The CVRA helped to inform goals and policies in the newly adopted combined General Plan/LCP which was developed around a framework of resiliency. Goals and policies seek to support, enhance, and protect the community and its natural resources.

City Council has 2021-2022 adopted Goals and Short-Term Actions which includes support for climate action planning efforts, education on climate action, identification of critical next steps, and opportunities to reduce reliance on carbon-producing energy sources. This Climate Action page will provide resources and links to residents and businesses and updated with new programs and announcements as they occur. 

Updates: 

New - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched "My Electric Ride: An EV Transportation Video Challenge", an exciting prize competition that encourages people to share their personal experiences with electric transportation. Interested participants submit a short video for a chance to win up to $3,000. EPA will select the winning videos. For more information, check out the EV Transportation Video Challenge webpage. Submissions are due by January 23, 2024.

Central Coast Community Energy (3CE) is offering incentives for gas-free construction. This new program provides housing developers and homeowners with incentives to build all-electric housing. Check out the 3CE website for more information on the overview and benefits of this program: https://3cenergy.org/rebates/new-construction-electrification-program-2/

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Guide to Going Green at Home is a handy resource of great tips for the whole family such as how to reduce water usage at home, sustainable landscaping & gardening, and conservation tips for kids and teens. Thank you to the schoolchildren who offered this resource. We're in this together!

Resources:

Central Coast Community Energy Since January 2020, Morro Bay is a proud member of 3CE which serves as our primary electricity provider, offering residents cost savings and cleaner energy. To sign up for the latest updates and progress from 3CE, click here.

Senate Bill 1383 is legislation that was passed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as methane, and address food insecurity in California. For more information, check out the FAQ provided by CalRecycle. The Integrated Waste Management Authority (IWMA) also has information regarding the State's Organics Law here.

U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit. This website is an excellent resource designed to help people find and use tools, information, and access subject matter expertise to build climate resilience. It was developed by a partnership of federal agencies and organizations.

3C-REN (Tri-County Regional Energy Network) is a partnership between the Counties of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura established to deliver energy-saving programs and industry trainings that help reduce energy use, strengthen local job markets, and support efforts to achieve climate goals. Assistance is available to both property owners and the local building industry with program links below.

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Programs:

Energy Savings Assistance Program (open to renters) No-cost installation No-cost weatherization services for low-income households who meet CARE income guidelines, with services including energy efficient furnaces Website link
Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) (open to renters) Utility Bill Payment Assistance CAPSLO operates the federal HEAP program that assists low-income households with a once a year payment toward their utility bills Website link
Home Energy Savings Program (open to renters) Assessments, Low and No-Cost Installations Free virtual assessments and free or discounted energy efficiency upgrades 3C Ren website link
Electrify Your Ride Incentive Post-purchase incentives available to 3CE customers for rebates for one or more of the following:
Electric Vehicles; EV Chargers, EV Readiness, E-Bikes
Website link
Energy Resources Rebates & Resources Visit the PG&E Energy Action Guide for resources on rebate applications, home energy checkup, electric vehicle (EV) resources, solar calculator, rebate programs, and disability or medical resources.   Website link
3C REN Contractor Participation - Energy Savings Incentive Program  Contractor Incentives Up to $1,000 bonuses available for participating contractors for energy saving residential projects through the Single Family Home Energy Savings Program. Other incentives available also. Website link
New Construction Electrification Program - New! Electrification Incentives Central Coast Community Energy has funding available for eligible projects types including Affordable Housing Developments ($2,500 per unit/up to $240,000 per project), Farmworker Housing ($2,500 per unit/ up to $240,000 per project), and Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) ($5,000/unit, $10,000 per customer. More information and application link is to the right. Website link