Over the past 100 years, greenhouse gas emissions world-wide have increased exponentially due to the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas. The City of Antioch has a goal of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and seeks the help of community members, local businesses, and public agencies in order to reduce our dependence upon fossil fuels and improve our local air quality. Join us in making Antioch a clean and healthy community.
The City of Antioch commitment to mitigating climate change began in September 2007, when the City Council of Antioch unanimously approved Resolution 2007/69, authorizing the City of Antioch to join the ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability), an international collective of local governments dedicated to sustainability. Antioch is one of over 1,500+ cities around the world to participate in the CCP campaign, which makes up more than 25 percent of the global urban population. The member cities across the ICLEI network have committed to building a more sustainable urban future.
On May 24, 2011, the City Council approved the Community and Municipal Climate Action Plans. These plans highlight possible programs and actions that the city can use to reach emission reduction targets to reduce overall carbon emissions by 25% (2005 levels) by 2020 adopted by Resolution 2009/57. In accordance with statewide GHG reduction goals, Antioch currently has targets to reduce overall carbon emissions by 25% by 2020, 40% by 2030, and 80% by 2050, based on 1990 levels.
On September 13, 2016, City Council approved completed GHG inventories for the years 2005, 2010, and 2015. These GHG inventories have allowed the City of Antioch accurately monitor the ways it has been successful in reducing emissions. Further, this information can help to establish policies and programs will help to meet local and statewide emission reduction goals.
The results of the GHG inventory compassion between 2005-2015 show an emission reduction of about 21% in the Municipal Sector, which has a direct correlation to emission reduction efforts of the city. Whereas, the Community emission reductions only show a decrease of about 12% between 2005-2015.
On March 13, 2018, the City Council passed an Idle Free Proclamation – taking
action to improve local air quality and becoming one of the first cities in Contra Costa County to pass a Proclamation to encourage city employees and the public to limit vehicle idling. An idling car wastes money and produces harmful carbon dioxide – the leading GHG. Make sure to recognize the facts from the myths on this issue. The “Turn the Key Be Idle Free” campaign is an effort between the Spare the Air Resource Team, its partner organizations, and schools to educate parents about vehicle idling. Join the campaign today by taking the pledge to be idle free.
The City of Antioch is committed to creating a cleaner, healthier, and more vibrant community for current and future generations. It is our civic responsibility as individuals and a community to join together now and start make more sustainable decisions in order to prevent pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to protect and preserve the wellbeing of our community and eco-systems. Each decision we make from the groceries we buy to the amount of electricity we use in our homes produces GHG emissions, trapping heat in our atmosphere like a blanket. Together as a community, we can make a difference by actively choosing to conserve our resources through making smart shopping decision, saving energy and water, reducing our waste, using alternative transportation, and reusing materials to reduce our GHG emissions and impact on our communities wellbeing.
For additional information about the City of Antioch’s climate protection efforts, please contact us!