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What should Humboldt County's local governments prioritize in developing a Climate Action Plan?

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16 registered responses from users within the age group of 40-49


How important is it that Humboldt County's local governments implement programs and policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

Response Percent Response Count
Very important 93.8% 15
Somewhat important 6.3% 1

How would you like to see Humboldt County's local governments prioritize the following GHG reduction strategies? (1= Low Priority, 5 = High Priority)

Promoting energy efficiency in new construction
Response Percent Response Count
3 6.3% 1
4 12.5% 2
5 81.3% 13
Upgrades for residential and commercial buildings to reduce energy use
Response Percent Response Count
3 12.5% 2
4 12.5% 2
5 75.0% 12
Solar panel installation on residential and commercial buildings
Response Percent Response Count
4 12.5% 2
5 87.5% 14
Local renewable energy generation (i.e. wind and biomass power)
Response Percent Response Count
3 6.3% 1
4 6.3% 1
5 87.5% 14
Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure
Response Percent Response Count
2 6.3% 1
3 31.3% 5
4 25.0% 4
5 31.3% 5
No Opinion 6.3% 1
Bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure
Response Percent Response Count
3 6.3% 1
4 31.3% 5
5 62.5% 10
Water conservation
Response Percent Response Count
1 6.3% 1
2 12.5% 2
3 18.8% 3
4 18.8% 3
5 43.8% 7
Waste reduction
Response Percent Response Count
2 6.3% 1
3 6.3% 1
4 18.8% 3
5 68.8% 11
Conservation of forest and agricultural lands
Response Percent Response Count
4 25.0% 4
5 75.0% 12
Forestry practices that enhance carbon sequestration
Response Percent Response Count
3 12.5% 2
4 6.3% 1
5 81.3% 13
Agricultural practices that enhance carbon sequestration on range lands
Response Percent Response Count
3 6.3% 1
4 37.5% 6
5 56.3% 9
Agricultural practices that reduce emissions from livestock
Response Percent Response Count
2 6.3% 1
3 12.5% 2
4 25.0% 4
5 56.3% 9
Wildfire prevention
Response Percent Response Count
3 18.8% 3
4 25.0% 4
5 56.3% 9

How concerned are you about the future impact in Humboldt County of the following potential climate-related hazards?

Increased temperatures and heat waves
Response Percent Response Count
Not at all concerned 6.3% 1
Not so concerned 6.3% 1
Somewhat concerned 43.8% 7
Very concerned 25.0% 4
Extremely concerned 18.8% 3
Sea level rise
Response Percent Response Count
Not so concerned 6.3% 1
Somewhat concerned 6.3% 1
Very concerned 18.8% 3
Extremely concerned 68.8% 11
Increased wildfires
Response Percent Response Count
Somewhat concerned 18.8% 3
Very concerned 18.8% 3
Extremely concerned 62.5% 10
Flooding and severe rainstorms
Response Percent Response Count
Not so concerned 6.3% 1
Somewhat concerned 12.5% 2
Very concerned 43.8% 7
Extremely concerned 37.5% 6
Mudslide/landslide
Response Percent Response Count
Not so concerned 12.5% 2
Somewhat concerned 18.8% 3
Very concerned 37.5% 6
Extremely concerned 31.3% 5
Drought
Response Percent Response Count
Not so concerned 6.3% 1
Somewhat concerned 31.3% 5
Very concerned 31.3% 5
Extremely concerned 31.3% 5
Air quality impacts
Response Percent Response Count
Not so concerned 18.8% 3
Somewhat concerned 25.0% 4
Very concerned 25.0% 4
Extremely concerned 31.3% 5
“Climate refugees” migrating to Humboldt County
Response Percent Response Count
Not at all concerned 12.5% 2
Not so concerned 25.0% 4
Somewhat concerned 18.8% 3
Very concerned 25.0% 4
Extremely concerned 18.8% 3

In terms of priority, how would you rank the following strategies to reduce emissions from energy consumption in Humboldt County? To show your priorities, rank your most important strategies from top to bottom. Click and drag to change.

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  1. Redwood Coast Energy Authority is the sole purchaser of electricity for customers in Humboldt County. PG&E still delivers our power, but RCEA decides where that power comes from. Currently, they purchase renewable energy from a variety of sources within the region and elsewhere in the state.   

    Supplying renewable energy to buildings so they use cleaner energy
  2. Improving insulation, installing energy-efficient appliances, low-flow plumbing fixtures, LED/CFL lightbulbs are ways to reduce a building's energy demand.  

    Making buildings more energy efficient so they use less energy
  3. Rooftop solar photovoltaic panels can be installed on homes and businesses to meet some or all of a building's energy demand. 

    Encouraging solar panel installation on buildings
  4. Humboldt County has been identified as a potentially ideal location for offshore wind energy generation. A number of promising sites for land-based wind energy farms have also been identified.  

    Encouraging local wind energy production
  5. Woody biomass (primarily waste from mills) can be burned to generate electricity. As of 2013, local biomass powerplants supplied around a quarter of Humboldt County's consumed electricity. Biomass energy is classified by the state of California as renewable, but there are greenhouse gas emissions associated with the combustion and transport processes.

    Encouraging local biomass energy production

How can Humboldt County's local governments promote solar panel installation? (1= Low Priority, 5 = High Priority)

Faster and simpler residential solar permitting process
Response Percent Response Count
4 12.5% 2
5 87.5% 14
Reduced residential solar permit fees
Response Percent Response Count
4 6.3% 1
5 93.8% 15
Offer information on providers, financing options and rebates
Response Percent Response Count
2 6.3% 1
3 6.3% 1
4 43.8% 7
5 43.8% 7
Install solar panels on local government facilities
Response Percent Response Count
3 6.3% 1
4 31.3% 5
5 62.5% 10
Public recognition for energy efficiency upgrades
Response Percent Response Count
1 12.5% 2
2 12.5% 2
3 18.8% 3
4 25.0% 4
5 31.3% 5
Offer solar audits for interested customers
Response Percent Response Count
3 31.3% 5
4 37.5% 6
5 31.3% 5

What have you done (or want to do) to reduce energy use at your residence?

Install high-efficiency heating and air conditioning systems
Response Percent Response Count
Completed 6.3% 1
Want to do 62.5% 10
Want to learn more 12.5% 2
Not interested 18.8% 3
Install a high-efficiency water heater
Response Percent Response Count
Completed 18.8% 3
Want to do 75.0% 12
Not interested 6.3% 1
Change light bulbs to energy-efficient models (LED)
Response Percent Response Count
Completed 87.5% 14
Not interested 12.5% 2
Replace appliances with energy-efficient models
Response Percent Response Count
Completed 43.8% 7
Want to do 43.8% 7
Not interested 12.5% 2
Upgrade your home's insulation
Response Percent Response Count
Completed 25.0% 4
Want to do 68.8% 11
Want to learn more 6.3% 1
Install solar panels
Response Percent Response Count
Completed 6.3% 1
Want to do 93.8% 15

What are some barriers that would keep you from completing energy upgrades?

Do not own the property
Response Percent Response Count
Least important 56.3% 9
More important 6.3% 1
Most important 37.5% 6
Cost
Response Percent Response Count
Somewhat important 12.5% 2
More important 31.3% 5
Most important 56.3% 9
Lack of information (i.e. options, costs, potential savings)
Response Percent Response Count
Least important 31.3% 5
Somewhat important 25.0% 4
More important 37.5% 6
Most important 6.3% 1
Time and effort
Response Percent Response Count
Least important 37.5% 6
Somewhat important 31.3% 5
More important 25.0% 4
Most important 6.3% 1
Concerns that upgrades will generate minimal financial savings
Response Percent Response Count
Least important 43.8% 7
Somewhat important 18.8% 3
More important 25.0% 4
Most important 12.5% 2
Concern that upgraded technologies won't perform as well
Response Percent Response Count
Least important 62.5% 10
Somewhat important 25.0% 4
More important 6.3% 1
Most important 6.3% 1
Safety issues
Response Percent Response Count
Least important 81.3% 13
Somewhat important 6.3% 1
More important 12.5% 2

How can Humboldt County's local governments reduce emissions from vehicle trips? (1 = Low Priority, 5 = High Priority)

Improve public transit
Response Percent Response Count
2 6.3% 1
3 6.3% 1
4 18.8% 3
5 68.8% 11
Encourage development along public transit corridors
Response Percent Response Count
2 6.3% 1
3 31.3% 5
4 31.3% 5
5 31.3% 5
Encourage development near city centers
Response Percent Response Count
3 25.0% 4
4 31.3% 5
5 43.8% 7
Encourage development with mixed commercial and residential uses
Response Percent Response Count
1 6.3% 1
3 18.8% 3
4 25.0% 4
5 50.0% 8
Help large employers establish carpooling programs
Response Percent Response Count
1 6.3% 1
2 6.3% 1
3 43.8% 7
4 18.8% 3
5 25.0% 4
Improve bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure
Response Percent Response Count
3 12.5% 2
4 6.3% 1
5 81.3% 13
Install electric vehicle charging stations
Response Percent Response Count
2 6.3% 1
3 50.0% 8
5 37.5% 6
No opinion 6.3% 1
Bike share programs
Response Percent Response Count
3 25.0% 4
4 43.8% 7
5 31.3% 5

What would encourage you to use public transit (check all that apply)

Response Percent Response Count
Bus service closer to home 43.8% 7
Bus service closer to work 18.8% 3
More frequent bus service 68.8% 11
Faster bus service 43.8% 7
Free bus service 56.3% 9
More bike racks on buses 37.5% 6
Parking lots at bus stops 25.0% 4
Nothing 6.3% 1

What would encourage you to ride a bicycle more often?

Response Percent Response Count
More bicycle lanes and trails 87.5% 14
Safer bike lanes 75.0% 12
More bicycle parking 50.0% 8
Bike share program 25.0% 4
More bike racks on buses 18.8% 3

Of the many benefits resulting from GHG reduction, how would you prioritize the following outcomes?

Average priorities over 16 responses
  1. Some GHG reduction strategies also help communities prepare for the effects of climate change. For instance, solar panels provide an electricity in the event of power outages from severe weather events.

    Increased resilience from climate change and natural disasters
  2. Green jobs include solar installation, efficiency retrofitting and wind turbine construction and maintenance.

    Creation of green jobs
  3. CAPs can reduce the fossil fuel use associated with transportation and energy consumption.

    Reduced reliance on fossil fuels
  4. GHG reduction strategies like improving bike and pedestrian infrastructure and reducing energy costs can promote healthy and thriving communities.

    Improved public health
  5. Waste prevention has a number of environmental benefits beyond GHG reduction.

    Reducing waste sent to landfills
  6. Installing solar and improving energy efficiency can cut costs as well as reduce emissions.

    Saving money from lower utility bills
  7. Improving EV infrastructure and providing alternative transportation options can generate financial savings for residents.

    Saving money from lower transportation costs

Please share any additional ideas or comments about how Humboldt County's local governments can reduce GHG emissions in the region.

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Promoting energy efficiency in new construction
Upgrades for residential and commercial buildings to reduce energy use
Solar panel installation on residential and commercial buildings
Local renewable energy generation (i.e. wind and biomass power)
Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure
Bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure
Water conservation
Waste reduction
Conservation of forest and agricultural lands
Forestry practices that enhance carbon sequestration
Agricultural practices that enhance carbon sequestration on range lands
Agricultural practices that reduce emissions from livestock
Wildfire prevention
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Increased temperatures and heat waves
Sea level rise
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Flooding and severe rainstorms
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“Climate refugees” migrating to Humboldt County
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Humboldt County has been identified as a potentially ideal location for offshore wind energy generation. A number of promising sites for land-based wind energy farms have also been identified.  

Rooftop solar photovoltaic panels can be installed on homes and businesses to meet some or all of a building's energy demand. 

Improving insulation, installing energy-efficient appliances, low-flow plumbing fixtures, LED/CFL lightbulbs are ways to reduce a building's energy demand.  

Redwood Coast Energy Authority is the sole purchaser of electricity for customers in Humboldt County. PG&E still delivers our power, but RCEA decides where that power comes from. Currently, they purchase renewable energy from a variety of sources within the region and elsewhere in the state.   

Woody biomass (primarily waste from mills) can be burned to generate electricity. As of 2013, local biomass powerplants supplied around a quarter of Humboldt County's consumed electricity. Biomass energy is classified by the state of California as renewable, but there are greenhouse gas emissions associated with the combustion and transport processes.


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Faster and simpler residential solar permitting process
Reduced residential solar permit fees
Offer information on providers, financing options and rebates
Install solar panels on local government facilities
Public recognition for energy efficiency upgrades
Offer solar audits for interested customers
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Install high-efficiency heating and air conditioning systems
Install a high-efficiency water heater
Change light bulbs to energy-efficient models (LED)
Replace appliances with energy-efficient models
Upgrade your home's insulation
Install solar panels
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Safety issues
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Improve public transit
Encourage development along public transit corridors
Encourage development near city centers
Encourage development with mixed commercial and residential uses
Help large employers establish carpooling programs
Improve bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure
Install electric vehicle charging stations
Bike share programs
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Installing solar and improving energy efficiency can cut costs as well as reduce emissions.

GHG reduction strategies like improving bike and pedestrian infrastructure and reducing energy costs can promote healthy and thriving communities.

Some GHG reduction strategies also help communities prepare for the effects of climate change. For instance, solar panels provide an electricity in the event of power outages from severe weather events.

Green jobs include solar installation, efficiency retrofitting and wind turbine construction and maintenance.

Waste prevention has a number of environmental benefits beyond GHG reduction.

CAPs can reduce the fossil fuel use associated with transportation and energy consumption.

Improving EV infrastructure and providing alternative transportation options can generate financial savings for residents.


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