Should Elk Grove Limit Greenhouse Gases?

The city may adopt a Climate Action Plan and add a sustainability element to the General Plan.

New office complexes in Elk Grove may soon be required to get a portion of their power from solar panels, parking lots in town could be required to be more heat-reflective and restaurants could be restricted from using styrofoam to-go containers.

The Elk Grove City Council Wednesday night will consider adopting a Climate Action Plan–a series of proposed requirements and encouragements designed to move Elk Grove's greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent below its 2005 level by the year 2020.

The 122-page plan, which will include an addition to the city's 2003 General Plan, has worked its way through the Elk Grove Planning Commission and was unveiled to the public two years ago.

Some of the other proposals in the plan include requiring electric vehicle charging stations at new large commercial developments, creating a Community Forest Master Plan, mandating a certain level of energy-efficiency in all new construction, promoting water conservation and more.

The plan was originally forecast to cost the city $150,000–money coming from a federal grant.


Elk Grove City Council meeting
6 p.m. Wednesday
Elk Grove City Hall, 8400 Laguna Palms Way


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Think Free November 14, 2012 at 10:23 PM
What we will do is fix the economy get everybody back to work and create a budget surplus so the republicans can be elected 4 to 10 years from now and ruin it again for their rich talking heads!
Elk Grove Laguna Forums November 15, 2012 at 12:29 AM
democrats have controlled the legislature forever. That's why we never get a budget on time. Keep passing more and more regulations and see how many jobs are created.
M.Legison November 15, 2012 at 04:44 AM
and remedial spelling for the Democratic base.
Bwood November 15, 2012 at 11:55 PM
That's all you've got today, M.? I understand, the party's over...
Bwood November 15, 2012 at 11:57 PM
That's right, but if "more regulations" isn't good enough, you'll just find another excuse.


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