Riverside experiences an above-average level
of air pollution given its proximity east of Los Angeles and
west of the San Bernardino Mountains that essentially “locks in”
smog in the region’s basin. While the City continues to
make efforts to reduce pollution through emission reduction
measures, additional steps must be created and implemented
to improve air quality. Electric Utility greenhouse gas
emission targets will meet those jointly developed at state
and federal levels as resources cover much of the Western
Establish the GHG emissions baseline for the City of
- Establish the 1990 GHG emission baseline
on a per capita basis, utilizing the City of
Riverside, as a geographical locale, by the
end of 2010 and every 5 years after.
- Develop and incorporate mitigation
measures in the Green Action Plan that
provide verifiable GHG savings by 2010.
- Begin an audit of the existing inventories to
determine their adequacy for implementing
a Climate Action Plan.
- Work with Western Riverside Council of
Government’s (WRCOG) Climate Action
Plan (CAP) Team to begin updating the
inventories in compliance with the audit
leveraging off the WRCOG Regional CAP
Create a climate action plan to reduce GHG emissions to 7%
below the 1990 City baseline utilizing the City boundaries
as defined in 2008.
- Establish programs that comply with South
Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD)
and the City’s General Plan 2025 to improve the
quality of air in Riverside.
- Aggressively support programs at the AQMD
that reduce GHG and particulate matter
generation in the Los Angeles and Orange
County regions to improve air quality and
reduce pollution in Riverside.
- Monitor relevant organizations and the
Governor’s Office of Planning and Research as
they begin to explore setting thresholds for
GHG reduction over the next six months.
- Identify mitigation measures completed in GAP
- Assess mitigation impacts of completed GAP
- Create a list of CAP mitigation to meet GHG
- Integrate CAP mitigation measures with
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
for compliance with SB-375.
- Create a tier structure of most cost effective
mitigation measures and implementation timeline.
- Identify staff committee dedicated to CAP
implementation from Planning, Public Utilities,
Parks and Recreation, and Public Works.