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CARP Annual Report to Council March 21

Everything you want to know about climate action and resilience in Alameda is available in the new Climate Action and Resiliency Plan (CARP) 2022 Annual Report & 2023 Work Plan! The City Council will review this report along with the Transportation and General Plan Annual Reports on March 21 (Item 7-C). Below are some highlights of CARP accomplishments from the past year.

2022 Accomplishments

GHG Reduction

  • Council adopted the Equitable Building Decarbonization Plan
  • Council updated and expanded an ordinance requiring all new buildings, substantial remodels and additions to be all electric
  • Updated Active Transportation Plan and completed key transportation safety improvement projects
  • New AMP rebates for heat pump HVAC and e-bikes; increased the rebate amount for used electric vehicles
  • Streamlined and expedited solar permitting
  • AMP began waiving solar interconnection fees for residential customers and providing a $500 solar rebate for income qualified customers
  • Kicked-off the Urban Forest Plan update


  • Updated City paper purchasing guidelines with minimum recycled content requirements
  • Developed a plan and funding to comply with SB 1383
  • Expanded ACI’s on-call waste clean-up program which now includes reusable materials
  • Restarted education, implementation, and enforcement of zero waste laws
  • Participated in the 38th annual Coastal Clean Up event


  • Secured $4.14 million in funds for sea level rise adaptation projects
  • Adopted Climate Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation Plan and amended the General Plan Safety Element to align with the plan
  • Launched tsunami evacuation modeling to support development of a tsunami evacuation plan

Do your part to keep organics out of the landfill

Did you know? State law SB 1383 requires that compostable and recyclable materials such as food, paper, and plant trimmings are kept out of the landfill. Everyone in California is required to properly sort their trash, recycling, and compost. Some food-generating businesses are also required to donate surplus edible food. The purpose of this law is to prevent the production of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.

Learn more about the City’s curbside collection programs for trash, recycling, and compost. For tips to prevent food waste altogether, check out

Webinar March 16: Set Your Garden Up for Success


Spring is around the corner – let’s get ready for a successful gardening season! Join organic gardening experts Suzanne Bontempo and Charlotte Canner for a free webinar on Thursday, March 16, 5-6pm. Register Here

The webinar will cover:

  • The benefits of building a healthy garden from the ground up
  • How to grow healthy plants with a water-wise approach
  • Pruning tips 
  • Garden maintenance to reduce pest problems
  • Your questions!

This webinar is part of a series of free monthly classes about organic gardening and non-toxic pest control, offered throughout the 2023 growing season by the Clean Water Program Alameda County in association with Our Water Our World. Classes are presented by Suzanne Bontempo and Charlotte Canner, both certified Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Advocates. Don’t miss future webinars: Sign up for Clean Water News and follow us on social media (FacebookTwitter and Instagram) to get notified of upcoming classes. You can find recordings of past webinars and more on the YouTube channel.

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