The County of San Mateo's Office of Sustainability administers the Regionally Integrated Climate Action Planning Suite (RICAPS) in collaboration with the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG). RICAPS is a partnership engaging all 20 incorporated cities and the County in climate action planning and implementation. The program is managed by staff from the County of San Mateo Office of Sustainability, on contract to C/CAG.
The purpose of the RICAPS initiative is to assist the 21 local jurisdictions in developing and implementing climate action plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions countywide. The objectives below are intended to help our cities meet statewide GHG reduction goals which include: 15% below 2005 levels by 2020 and 40% below 2005 levels by 2030 .
- Development of a wide-range of tools and templates to assist member agencies in developing climate action plans in a cost-effective manner. Tools utilize transparent, regionally-consistent assumptions aligned with industry best practices.
- Provision of individualized technical assistance for use of tools and templates for climate action planning, implementation, and municipal greenhouse gas emissions inventories.
- Leadership on countywide metrics and progress tracking for annual community-wide GHG inventory updates for all jurisdictions in the County, as well as regular reporting on energy consumption, energy efficiency program participation and associated energy savings.
- Development of an online dashboard for tracking progress on a countywide set of measures to engage the public in climate action efforts.
- Facilitation of a monthly peer-to-peer knowledge sharing network. Topics include sustainability policy and best practices and opportunities for collaboration across county stakeholders including local governments, non-profits and the private sector.
- Energy efficiency support services and incentives to drive retrofit projects for municipalities, schools, small businesses, farms, and lower income residents.
2017 RICAPS Multi-City Working Group Meetings
|January 24 Webinar||Call for projects: BayREN ZNE municipal engineering technical assistance; City of Palo Alto electrification efforts; City of Boulder electrification efforts; City of SF electrification perspectives and open discussion; Update on CPUC energy data privacy rules. Presentation|
|February 28 In-person||Cross-department Collaboration on Sustainability Projects: San Mateo County, City of Fremont, City of San Carlos; Peninsula Advanced Energy Community (PAEC) Update on Policy Analysis; Beacon Award Update. Presentation|
|March 28 Webinar||Open Data Portal Update; Energize Fresno; Innovative City Data Practices (Hitachi); Update on CPUC energy data privacy rules. Presentation|
|April 25 In-person||Earth Day Celebrations and Launch of Library Kits, Leveraging Sustainability and Climate Action for Economic Development, San Mateo County Energy Watch success story: Frattoria e Mare. Presentation CCAEmissionsAvoidedTool|
2016 RICAPS Multi-City Working Group Meetings
|January 26 Webinar||Review of 2015 and looking forward 2016. Presentation|
|February||No meeting held.|
|March 29 In-person||Energy Ordinances - Residential Energy Conservatin Ordinance (RECO), Commercial Energy Conservatin Ordinance (CECO), Home Energy Score (HES), National Bike Month Resolutions. Presentation|
|April 26 Webinar||Energy Ordinances, Update on BayREN Home Energy Score (HES) working group, HES and Asset Rating. Presentation|
|May 24 Webinar||OPR State Climate Efforts Update, Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment Update, Foster City Levee Project, Half Moon Bay Local Costal Program, Colma-San Bruno Creek Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment. Presentation|
|June 28 In-person
City of San Mateo-New Solar PV Requirement, cool roofs and EV charging (presentation); Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative(SEEC) current climate project programs and resources (presentation), Overview of RICAPS initiatives related to building energy ordinances Presentation Agenda
|July 26 Webinar||Sustainability updates from Portola Valley: Greywater and PV/solar thermal readiness policies. Progress towards|
|August 23 In-person||SMC Zero Net Energy Strataegic Plan, Overview of BayREN Zero Net Energy Initiatives and Template Policy Language Development Presentation PG&E Support for Reach Code Cost-effectiveness Studies, CEC Peninsula Advanced Energy Communities (PAEC) Grant Presentation Agenda|
|September 27 Webinar||Beacon Award celebration! Cracking the nut of existing buildings for climate action. Innovative policy approaches for zero energy new buildings, Menlo Park. Leading by Example: Municipal buildings policies for zero net energy, City of Hayward, County of San Mateo. Presentation|
|October 25 In-person||Community and Municipal GHG Inventory Updates for San Mateo County. Open Data Portal – How it’s Shaping Up for Cities. Go CO2 Free Community Engagement Tool. Presentation|
|November 22 Webinar||October RICAPS interactive activity results, BayREN Zero Net Energy Forum and San Mateo County PACE program updates, Peninsula Clean Energy Program and Participation, Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) key initiatives related to carbon neutrality and electrification. Presentation|
|December 13 In-person||Energy Innovations to Transform our Communities; Peninsula Advanced Energy Communities; RICAPS 2016 Celebrations and Achievements; What's Ahead for RICAPS 2017. Presentation
2015 RICAPS Multi-City Working Group Meetings
|January 27 (Agenda)||Sustainability Circles (presentation), Updates (EE campaigns, Water conservation, ZNE workshop, SAMCAR collaboration, Beacon Award), Template for annual report to council (template file), Online tracking of CAP progress (City of Berkeley - presentation, San Mateo County Open Data Portal). All presentations|
|February 24 Webinar (Agenda)||Drought update (presentation), San Carlos drought emergency ordinance (presentation), Water conservation outreach (presentation), Menlo Park Conserve-a-Scape program, PG&E Green Option (presentation), other updates (BayREN, 2016 Update to Title 24, ZNE workshop, LR2C2 Meeting, SSMC & Beacon Award, Sustainability Circle preview ). All presentations|
|March 31 In-person (Agenda)||Interactive session to discuss: Current major sustainability initiatives, new/desired initiatives, barriers to implementation, next steps.|
|April 28 Webinar (Agenda)||Takeaways from 3/31 RICAPS meeting, partnership and grant opportunities, PACE update, online progress tracking, Beacon Award update, Step Up and Power Down pilot, small business outreach challenge, Zero Energy workshop update. All presentations|
|June 2 Webinar (Agenda)||Governor's Executive Order for 2030 climate target (OPR presentation, BAAQMD presentation), Peninsula SunShares (presentation), program updates (Zero Energy workshops, Beacon Award data collection, energy efficiency outreach campaigns, water conservation), preview of upcoming meetings. All presentations|
|June 30 In-person San Carlos (Agenda)||Results of needs assessment survey, small business outreach challenge - lessons learned and next steps, Zero Energy workshop - recap and next steps. All presentations|
|July 28 Webinar (Agenda)||Accelerating EV adoption, Alternative Fuel Readiness Plan for San Mateo County, different models for EV charging infrastructure, transportation fund for Clean Air: Charge! Program, lessons learned from EV charging installations, PACE updates All presentations|
Online CAP progress tracking presentation
|August 25 (Agenda)|
|September 22 In-person Daly City (Agenda)||Review of Open Data Portal - Socrata strategy, review proposed list of common measures, discuss how to get to 2030 GHG goals. All presentations|
|October 27 1:30pm Webinar (Agenda)||Results: Community GHG inventories for 2011-2013 and plan for 2015 municipal GHG inventories (presentation), Beacon Award debrief and next steps, SMC Energy Watch updates (small business campaigns, school Prop 39 efforts, Living Lab opportunity, online CAP tracking, Comprehensive Energy Recommendations). All presentations|
|November 17 1:30pm Webinar (Agenda)||RecycleWorks updates (County Green Business program and RecycleWorks Volunteer Academy), San Mateo County vulnerability assessment (presentation), SB 350 and AB 802 policy updates (presentation), active transportation updates (presentation), Zero energy ready "interventions" (presentation), general updates. All presentations|
|December 15 1:30pm In-person Brisbane||Agenda will focus on Zero Energy. (Presentation)|
2014 RICAPS Multi-City Working Group Meetings
|January 28 (Agenda)||On-bill repayment to water customers (PAYS) (Presentation), CAP reporting templates, countywide outreach campaigns|
|February 25 (Agenda)||Bay Area Climate & Energy Resilience Project (Link), Community GHG inventories (Presentation), CAP reporting update, Countywide outreach campaigns (Presentation)|
|April 1 (Agenda)||OPR review of new state plans and programs, water conservation strategies (Los Altos Hills documents: 1, 2, 3, 4; Foster City/Estero Presentation), Residential group solar procurement initiative|
|April 29 (Agenda)||EV charging infrastructure -- Bay Area Climate Collaborative (Presentation), County of San Mateo, City of Menlo Park, SEEDZ (Presentation), EV to Grid (Presentation), Alternative Fuels (Presentation); GHG inventory tracking tools (Presentation)|
|May 20 (Agenda)||Bicycle & pedestrian planning and best practices (Presentation), GHG reduction tools and common measures (Presentation)|
|June 24 (Agenda)||Getting ready for Title 24 (BayREN presentation, Burlingame presentation), Training request form; GHG tracking tools survey results (Presentation)|
|July 22 (Agenda)||Help with implementation: Civic Spark (presentation), Climate Corps Bay Area (presentation), RecycleWorks Volunteer Academy (presentation); Countywide outreach campaigns, Ideas for increasing code compliance, Update about tracking tools and reporting|
|August 26 (Agenda)||Progress toward RPS goal (presentation), Beacon Award presentations (overview, San Carlos case study, next steps)|
|September 30 (Agenda)||Sustainable purchasing policies (Responsible Purchasing Network presentation, Palo Alto presentation, Menlo Park presentation, Oakland presentation), next steps with Beacon Award participation (info sheet) and annual reporting (timeline)|
|October 28 (Agenda)||Support for Beacon Award and annual climate action report, California SEEC ClearPath tool overview, Civic Spark projects, citizen committees. (Presentation) Beacon Award sample staff report, resolution, San Carlos example submission.|
|November 18 (Agenda)||Beacon Awards data collection update, Countywide energy efficiency outreach campaigns, Zero Net Energy toolkit project, Foster City group solar purchase, Solar Roadmap project (master presentation file) To register for this conference call, click here.|
|December 16 (Agenda)||Federal and state updates (presentation), County Office of Sustainability (presentation), RICAPS program achievements and looking ahead to 2015 (presentation)|
2013 RICAPS Multi-City Working Group Meetings
|June 25||BAAQMD and CEQA|
|July 23||Climate adaptation -- Follow up from June 4 workshop|
|August 27||Codes and standards|
|September 24||Bike share|
|October 29||Safe Routes to School|
|November 19||Climate adaptation, Input to Joint Policy Committee|
|December 17||Implementation best practices, Colma case studies|