City of Beaumont Approves Final “Sustainable Beaumont” Climate Action Plan

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Last week, Beaumont’s City Council approved the City’s Sustainable Beaumont Climate Action Plan. The Plan, prepared by Atkins and funded through the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), sets a number of goals, including:

  • Provision of resources (education, training, audits, retrofits, and an Environmental Advocate) and working with regional groups and utilities to improve both residential and commercial energy efficiency;
  • Educating staff on Title 24, promoting Tier 1 and 2 improvements over code (and other energy efficiency and green building ratings);
  • Exploring permit streamlining and a possible online permitting system;
  • Requiring early adoption of AB 1103 (now AB 802) for small buildings;
  • Increasing energy efficiency through water efficiency;
  • Deploying cool roofs and cool pavement;
  • Promoting electric vehicles, adding EVs to the municipal fleet, and community transportation improvements;
  • And conducting municipal audits, improvements, lighting retrofits, and participating in SCE’s demand response and direct install programs.

The strategies in the Plan are estimated to set Beaumont toward achieving a 27% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from their assessed 2012 levels, as well as realizing cost savings and health benefits. Read more in the Plan on Beaumont’s website.

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