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

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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 83.7% 36
Somewhat important 7.0% 3
Slightly important 2.3% 1
Not at all important 7.0% 3

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 11.6% 5
4 18.6% 8
5 67.4% 29
No Opinion 2.3% 1
Upgrades for residential and commercial buildings to reduce energy use
Response Percent Response Count
1 2.3% 1
3 16.3% 7
4 18.6% 8
5 62.8% 27
Solar panel installation on residential and commercial buildings
Response Percent Response Count
1 4.7% 2
2 2.3% 1
3 9.3% 4
4 14.0% 6
5 69.8% 30
Local renewable energy generation (i.e. wind and biomass power)
Response Percent Response Count
1 11.6% 5
3 9.3% 4
4 14.0% 6
5 65.1% 28
Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure
Response Percent Response Count
1 7.0% 3
2 2.3% 1
3 25.6% 11
4 34.9% 15
5 30.2% 13
Bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure
Response Percent Response Count
1 2.3% 1
2 2.3% 1
3 14.0% 6
4 20.9% 9
5 60.5% 26
Water conservation
Response Percent Response Count
1 4.7% 2
2 7.0% 3
3 20.9% 9
4 27.9% 12
5 39.5% 17
Waste reduction
Response Percent Response Count
2 2.3% 1
3 9.3% 4
4 16.3% 7
5 72.1% 31
Conservation of forest and agricultural lands
Response Percent Response Count
2 7.0% 3
3 4.7% 2
4 23.3% 10
5 65.1% 28
Forestry practices that enhance carbon sequestration
Response Percent Response Count
1 4.7% 2
2 2.3% 1
3 11.6% 5
4 20.9% 9
5 58.1% 25
No Opinion 2.3% 1
Agricultural practices that enhance carbon sequestration on range lands
Response Percent Response Count
1 2.3% 1
2 2.3% 1
3 16.3% 7
4 20.9% 9
5 58.1% 25
Agricultural practices that reduce emissions from livestock
Response Percent Response Count
1 9.3% 4
2 7.0% 3
3 14.0% 6
4 16.3% 7
5 53.5% 23
Wildfire prevention
Response Percent Response Count
2 4.7% 2
3 9.3% 4
4 23.3% 10
5 62.8% 27

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 7.0% 3
Not so concerned 7.0% 3
Somewhat concerned 30.2% 13
Very concerned 32.6% 14
Extremely concerned 23.3% 10
Sea level rise
Response Percent Response Count
Not at all concerned 7.0% 3
Not so concerned 2.3% 1
Somewhat concerned 9.3% 4
Very concerned 37.2% 16
Extremely concerned 44.2% 19
Increased wildfires
Response Percent Response Count
Not at all concerned 2.3% 1
Not so concerned 4.7% 2
Somewhat concerned 18.6% 8
Very concerned 30.2% 13
Extremely concerned 44.2% 19
Flooding and severe rainstorms
Response Percent Response Count
Not so concerned 2.3% 1
Somewhat concerned 20.9% 9
Very concerned 27.9% 12
Extremely concerned 48.8% 21
Mudslide/landslide
Response Percent Response Count
Not at all concerned 2.3% 1
Not so concerned 4.7% 2
Somewhat concerned 20.9% 9
Very concerned 37.2% 16
Extremely concerned 34.9% 15
Drought
Response Percent Response Count
Not at all concerned 4.7% 2
Not so concerned 4.7% 2
Somewhat concerned 30.2% 13
Very concerned 30.2% 13
Extremely concerned 30.2% 13
Air quality impacts
Response Percent Response Count
Not at all concerned 9.3% 4
Not so concerned 7.0% 3
Somewhat concerned 27.9% 12
Very concerned 20.9% 9
Extremely concerned 34.9% 15
“Climate refugees” migrating to Humboldt County
Response Percent Response Count
Not at all concerned 14.0% 6
Not so concerned 27.9% 12
Somewhat concerned 11.6% 5
Very concerned 23.3% 10
Extremely concerned 23.3% 10

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.

Average priorities over 43 responses
  1. 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
  2. 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
  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
1 7.0% 3
2 2.3% 1
3 14.0% 6
4 16.3% 7
5 53.5% 23
No opinion 7.0% 3
Reduced residential solar permit fees
Response Percent Response Count
1 4.7% 2
2 4.7% 2
3 9.3% 4
4 20.9% 9
5 53.5% 23
No opinion 7.0% 3
Offer information on providers, financing options and rebates
Response Percent Response Count
1 7.0% 3
3 16.3% 7
4 16.3% 7
5 55.8% 24
No opinion 4.7% 2
Install solar panels on local government facilities
Response Percent Response Count
1 4.7% 2
2 2.3% 1
3 4.7% 2
4 9.3% 4
5 74.4% 32
No opinion 4.7% 2
Public recognition for energy efficiency upgrades
Response Percent Response Count
1 9.3% 4
2 11.6% 5
3 27.9% 12
4 25.6% 11
5 18.6% 8
No opinion 7.0% 3
Offer solar audits for interested customers
Response Percent Response Count
1 4.7% 2
2 9.3% 4
3 20.9% 9
4 32.6% 14
5 27.9% 12
No opinion 4.7% 2

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 27.9% 12
Want to do 34.9% 15
Want to learn more 18.6% 8
Not interested 18.6% 8
Install a high-efficiency water heater
Response Percent Response Count
Completed 39.5% 17
Want to do 46.5% 20
Want to learn more 7.0% 3
Not interested 7.0% 3
Change light bulbs to energy-efficient models (LED)
Response Percent Response Count
Completed 74.4% 32
Want to do 18.6% 8
Want to learn more 2.3% 1
Not interested 4.7% 2
Replace appliances with energy-efficient models
Response Percent Response Count
Completed 62.8% 27
Want to do 30.2% 13
Want to learn more 4.7% 2
Not interested 2.3% 1
Upgrade your home's insulation
Response Percent Response Count
Completed 46.5% 20
Want to do 25.6% 11
Want to learn more 16.3% 7
Not interested 11.6% 5
Install solar panels
Response Percent Response Count
Completed 25.6% 11
Want to do 51.2% 22
Want to learn more 11.6% 5
Not interested 11.6% 5

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

Do not own the property
Response Percent Response Count
Least important 65.1% 28
Somewhat important 2.3% 1
More important 11.6% 5
Most important 20.9% 9
Cost
Response Percent Response Count
Least important 7.0% 3
Somewhat important 7.0% 3
More important 37.2% 16
Most important 48.8% 21
Lack of information (i.e. options, costs, potential savings)
Response Percent Response Count
Least important 27.9% 12
Somewhat important 41.9% 18
More important 20.9% 9
Most important 9.3% 4
Time and effort
Response Percent Response Count
Least important 30.2% 13
Somewhat important 30.2% 13
More important 23.3% 10
Most important 16.3% 7
Concerns that upgrades will generate minimal financial savings
Response Percent Response Count
Least important 44.2% 19
Somewhat important 30.2% 13
More important 16.3% 7
Most important 9.3% 4
Concern that upgraded technologies won't perform as well
Response Percent Response Count
Least important 60.5% 26
Somewhat important 18.6% 8
More important 14.0% 6
Most important 7.0% 3
Safety issues
Response Percent Response Count
Least important 81.4% 35
Somewhat important 14.0% 6
More important 2.3% 1
Most important 2.3% 1

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
1 7.0% 3
2 4.7% 2
3 4.7% 2
4 7.0% 3
5 74.4% 32
No opinion 2.3% 1
Encourage development along public transit corridors
Response Percent Response Count
1 11.6% 5
2 9.3% 4
3 20.9% 9
4 18.6% 8
5 32.6% 14
No opinion 7.0% 3
Encourage development near city centers
Response Percent Response Count
1 14.0% 6
2 4.7% 2
3 11.6% 5
4 18.6% 8
5 46.5% 20
No opinion 4.7% 2
Encourage development with mixed commercial and residential uses
Response Percent Response Count
1 14.0% 6
2 7.0% 3
3 11.6% 5
4 16.3% 7
5 46.5% 20
No opinion 4.7% 2
Help large employers establish carpooling programs
Response Percent Response Count
1 14.0% 6
2 16.3% 7
3 23.3% 10
4 20.9% 9
5 23.3% 10
No opinion 2.3% 1
Improve bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure
Response Percent Response Count
1 7.0% 3
3 14.0% 6
4 23.3% 10
5 55.8% 24
Install electric vehicle charging stations
Response Percent Response Count
1 11.6% 5
2 7.0% 3
3 16.3% 7
4 32.6% 14
5 32.6% 14
Bike share programs
Response Percent Response Count
1 16.3% 7
2 7.0% 3
3 44.2% 19
4 11.6% 5
5 16.3% 7
No opinion 4.7% 2

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

Response Percent Response Count
Bus service closer to home 39.5% 17
Bus service closer to work 20.9% 9
More frequent bus service 60.5% 26
Faster bus service 44.2% 19
Free bus service 44.2% 19
More bike racks on buses 9.3% 4
Parking lots at bus stops 11.6% 5
Nothing 20.9% 9

What would encourage you to ride a bicycle more often?

Response Percent Response Count
More bicycle lanes and trails 60.5% 26
Safer bike lanes 60.5% 26
More bicycle parking 16.3% 7
Bike share program 7.0% 3
More bike racks on buses 16.3% 7
Nothing 32.6% 14

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

Average priorities over 43 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. CAPs can reduce the fossil fuel use associated with transportation and energy consumption.

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

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

    Reducing waste sent to landfills
  5. Green jobs include solar installation, efficiency retrofitting and wind turbine construction and maintenance.

    Creation of green jobs
  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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Air quality impacts
“Climate refugees” migrating to Humboldt County
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Rooftop solar photovoltaic panels can be installed on homes and businesses to meet some or all of 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.

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.  

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


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

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

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.

Installing solar and improving energy efficiency can cut costs as well as reduce emissions.

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

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

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


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