It is comment time again as we write our future in Ventura County. Submit your recommendations for policies and programs that cut emissions and reverse climate change and why you think this is so important. To receive the email with our comment letter template, email [email protected] or text Jan at 805-746-5365.
The following are ideas you can add to your comment letter or choose your own recommendations for reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere resulting in the ecosystem and societal destruction we face.
Email comments to Susan Curtis <[email protected]> by 5 pm Thursday, February 27.
- 1. Reduce oil and gas production by 40% by 2025 through higher monitoring standards and 2500 foot buffer zones near sensitive sites; reduce oil and gas production to zero by 2030 (or 2040).
- 2. Phase-Out of Oil and Gas Production The County shall prohibit new drilling and shall regulate existing wells to assure steady closing of wells beginning near residential and commercial areas.
- 3. Eliminate flaring or venting of natural gas regardless of cost for all wells, not just new wells.
- 4. Detect and curb methane emissions from “super-emitter” sites.
- 5. Convey oil and produced water via pipelines instead of trucking regardless of the cost.
- 6. Tax oil and gas production, and related uncaptured methane to raise the needed revenues to fund urgent climate programs to replace high-emission vehicles with a priority on trucking and freight companies, fishing businesses, general contractors and K-12 schools. .
- 7. Require a fully accountable performance bond for all new wells to cover cost of closure Cite LAT article (maybe put on website and link to it)
- 8. Ban gas-fueled lawn and garden equipment. (Ex: City of Ojai)
- 9. Require all construction use low-GHG cement alternatives. See Sierra Club Report
- 10. Encourage climate-safe and climate-resilient development through zoning reform and removal of limits on height and density to enable and promote walkability and a mix of uses for homes and businesses as well as parks and transit.
- 11. Enroll residents in a program to reduce CO2 emissions in their neighborhoods. Ex: Cool Block or Transition Streets.
- 12. Create a master local clean energy siting and funding plan for wholesale distributed solar energy plus battery storage in commercial scale projects producing the county’s energy needs by 2030.
- 13. Provide energy efficiency benchmarking and rebates for low-income housing and renters as well as low-interest loans for small businesses to reduce energy use; assist owners of existing buildings to switch from natural gas to electricity.
- 14. Prepare sustainable building, siting, landscaping and passive heating and cooling practice guidelines, with a priority on low-income housing, that reduce consumption of non-renewable resources and that include building-, climate-, and fire-safety features in pre-approved plans.
- 15. Energy Efficiency to Reduce Electricity Use Deliver 15% of Projected Needs for electricity in the county by 2020; and 30% by 2030.
- 16. Efficiency Building Standards for Retrofits Prioritize energy and water efficiency building standards and work to retrofit existing buildings.
- 17. Decarbonize County Buildings The County shall develop a county building electrification plan and disconnecting from gas service County-owned facilities.
- 18. Decarbonize All Building Types The County shall develop a county electrification plan that sets goals for GHG emissions through renewable energy by programs for local solar, energy storage capacity and demand response (DR) that disconnects all buildings from gas service by 2050. INCLUDE incentives for deep retrofits of inefficient buildings.
- 19. Traffic Impact Fee Mitigation Program The County shall perform a comprehensive update every two years until 2028 and then every five years to reduce single occupancy vehicles in combination with increased park and ride, carpooling and public transit.
- 20. Create pilot parking programs to reduce single-occupancy car trips.
- 21. Restrict development of new gas stations.
- 22. Expand mass transit use by not charging fares (Ex: Lawrence, MA; Kansas City)
- 23. Plan to achieve zero waste (a suite of policies to reduce, reuse, and recycle) and no organic waste going to landfills by 2025 in concordance with state law.
- 24. Create a master composting program for infrastructure for composting food waste for use by farmers and landscapers that use regenerative practices.
- 25. Facilitate expanded maritime economy by demanding streamlined regulations, particularly for kelp farming that sequesters carbon dioxide.
- 26. Inorganic Nitrogen Based Fertilizers The County shall encourage optimized use of organic and inorganic fertilizer for greatest efficiency in closed nutrient cycles, monitor for nutrient runoff from fields and encourage the use of cover crops and green manure crops to reduce or avoid nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions and nutrient runoff.
- 27. Diversified Cropping Systems The County shall encourage farmers to include 1 – 5% of beneficial insect attracting plants in a planted crop, and other methods, such as crop rotation, perennial mowed cover crop in orchards, and integrating multiple species or varieties to enhance the biological and economic stability by spreading economic risk and buffering against pest invasions and extreme weather events, and increase carbon sequestration.
- 28. Reward Regenerative Farmers with Digestate and Compost from Food Waste The County shall research feasibility of a program for composting food waste for use by farmers and landscapers who use regenerative practices that sequester certified amounts of CO2.
- 29. Climate-Friendly Food Service The County shall require that its food service operations decrease purchase of meat and dairy products by 70% by 2023 and 90% by 2030 and encourage similar goals for hospitals, day care centers, public schools, colleges and universities, and disseminate public information to drive market shifts and consumption toward fewer and better animal products and healthier, plant-forward, sustainable food.
- 30. Zero Waste The County shall achieve zero waste (via a suite of policies to reduce, reuse, and recycle) with no organic waste going to landfills by 2023
- 31. Zero Waste Policy for Meetings and Events The County shall design and implement a zero waste policy for meetings and events sponsored or permitted by the County including the development of Vendor Guidelines, emphasizing waste minimization and surplus edible food rescue
- 32. Compostable Take-Out Foodware The County shall advocate legislation or adopt an ordinance that take-out foodware be made with compostable material that must be compostable in solid waste processing facilities within 60 days
- 33. Reduce Solid Waste by Phasing Out Single-Use Plastic The County shall evaluate how to best reduce solid waste generation per capita by at least 15% by 2030 including phasing out single-use plastics including but not limited to plastic straws, plastic utensils, plastic take-out containers, and expanded polystyrene
- 34. Ban Expanded Polystyrene The County shall ban expanded polystyrene countywide which includes but is not limited to foodware, packaging materials, and coolers and engage with key stakeholders, including food service providers, on alternatives to expanded polystyrene products.
- 35. Accelerate capture of legacy HFCs. Enlist the public and private operators through incentives to find and destroy existing stocks of HFC’s (refrigerant gases with extremely high Global Warming Potential).
Want to learn more ideas? Here are links to sheets with some other climate mitigation policy areas that might be good in comments on the Draft EIR for the General Plan Update VC2040 as well as for writing letters to editors LTEs):
Make Polluters Pay (raising revenues for mitigation programs)