Town Of Moraga

Moraga Climate Action Plan (CAP)

A Climate Action Task Force met over a two-year period and their work culminated in the creation of the Town’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) which was adopted by the Town Council in 2014. The CAP is Moraga’s long-term plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from daily activities of residents and local businesses and contains strategies related to energy efficiency, land use, transportation, water, wastewater and soil waste management.

Since 2014, the Town has completed a number of projects that have resulted in reductions in GHG emissions. Information on the projects is discussed in detail, below:

Land Use and Transportation

  • In December 2015, the Town adopted Ordinance No. 261 (now codified as Municipal Code Chapter 8.92 – Animal Keeping) allowing citizens to keep small animals such as chickens, rabbits and honey bees on residential, institutional and open space properties and larger types of livestock (such as cattle, turkeys and sheep) on larger, more rural residential and open space properties in an effort to promote local food production of such items as eggs, honey, and dairy products. In taking this action, the Town successfully implemented Land Use and Transportation Strategy LU&T.8.
  • In October 2016, the Town adopted the Moraga Walk | Bike Plan (Plan) which contains numerous strategies aimed at encouraging bicycling and walking by making various improvements to the Town’s transportation infrastructure in order to increase safety for cyclists and pedestrians. The Plan, which has a lifespan of 15 years, identifies specific infrastructure improvement projects and prescribes a number of support programs that address safety, education, promotion and enforcement efforts. The strategies contained within the Plan are consistent with several of the strategies of the CAP’s Land Use and Transportation Section which call for reducing the total number of daily single-occupancy vehicle trips.
  • The Town also participates in the Lamorinda School Bus Program that provides home-to-school bus transportation to over 1,500 students in Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda. Ongoing participation in the program helps to achieve Land Use and Transportation Strategy LU&T.3.
  • Each year, CIP projects construct new safety features promoting non-vehicular travel such, as sidewalks, crosswalks, corner bulb-outs, bike lanes and public bike racks, all of which aid in the Town’s goal to reduce community-generated GHG emissions. The following projects incorporate “Complete Street” elements aimed at designing and providing access to safe transportation facilities for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders, consistent with Land Use and Transportation Strategies LU&T.1, LU&T.2 and LU&T.3:
  • Annual Street Resurfacing Program;
  • ADA Streets Program;
  • St. Mary’s Road Roundabouts;
  • Moraga Road Streetscape Improvements;
  • Bike/pedestrian improvements to Moraga Way and the intersection of Canyon Road & Camino Pablo currently being implemented under the Safe Routes to School program;
  • Rheem Boulevard Slide Repair and Roadway Improvements project.

Residential and Commercial Energy Use

  • The Town enrolled in MCE (formerly Marin Clean Energy) in July 2017, a Community Choice Aggregation Program serving a number of communities in the Bay Area, in order to provide Moraga’s residents and businesses the ability to select the source of their electricity supply. The current electricity options MCE offers are “Light Green” (50% from renewable sources) and “Deep Green” (100% renewable – zero emissions). PG&E's default option is 33% renewable, while it also offers a 100% renewable option called “Solar Choice.” In April 2018, all 6,417 existing residential and commercial electric accounts in Town were automatically enrolled in MCE and provided with the ability to opt out at any time. As of December 2018, 5,740 of those accounts, or 89.9%, were still enrolled and, of that total, 1.33% of customers were enrolled in the Deep Green program. The change of approximately 90 percent from 33% renewables to 50% renewables equates to an estimated 17% reduction in electricity related GHG emissions.
  • The state’s Green Building Standards Code (also known as “CALGreen”), mandates various statewide energy efficiency and water conservation measures for all new construction and promotes healthy indoor and outdoor air quality in accordance with the provisions of AB 32. CALGreen underwent regular triennial updates in both 2015 and 2018. These updates included new standards aimed at further reducing energy consumption in all new or remodeled buildings, recycling construction waste materials, reducing water use, promoting the development of renewable energy systems (such as rooftop solar) and requiring low-emissions interior finish materials such as paint and carpet. The Town adopted by reference all applicable CALGreen building standards as well as additional, more restrictive standards pertaining specifically to Contra Costa County in late 2015 by adopting by reference Contra Costa County Ordinance No. 2016-22 in January 2017. Since that time, all new construction in Moraga has had to adhere to CALGreen standards. By adopting CALGreen and County Ordinance No. 2016-22, the Town was able to effectively implement several strategies in both the Residential Energy Use and Commercial Energy Use Sections of the CAP.

Solid Waste

  • In November 2016, the state voted to ban single-use plastic bags at most retail outlets (including grocery stores, liquor stores, convenience stores and department stores) which effectively implemented Strategy SW.3 of the Solid Waste Section of the CAP for the Town.

Water and Wastewater

  • In April 2015, the state mandated statewide reductions in municipal water consumption through a number of measures, one of which was to update the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (WELO) and require all municipalities to either adopt it by reference or craft their own more restrictive ordinances by December 31, 2015. As a result, all new development in Moraga currently must adhere to the water conservation requirements of the WELO. The provisions of the WELO address both Strategies WW.3 and WW.4 of the Water and Wastewater Section of the CAP.

Municipal Operations

  • An organics waste (food scrap and food-soiled paper) collection program was recently implemented at all three of the Town’s offices (the Town Offices, the Public Works Corporation Yard office at 335 Rheem Boulevard, and the Parks and Recreation Department office at the Hacienda de las Flores) in order to divert everyday green waste from the landfill, consistent with both Municipal Operations Strategy M.3 and Sold Waste Strategy SW.1.
  • When possible, new picnic tables, benches, and trash receptacles, made from recycled materials (some of which have been funded through a RecycleSmart grant program) are now purchased for the Town’s park facilities.
  • Recycling services are also provided at public and private events on Town-owned properties.
  • New bike racks have been installed at the Town Hall Offices, the Council Chambers, the Hacienda de las Flores, and the Town Library.
  • Bay-Friendly planting techniques are used on all of the Town’s properties as applicable and the techniques have been incorporated into the design of upcoming landscaping changes for the Town Library property.
  • The Town adopted an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program to manage pest problems in and around its public facilities. The IPM program has significantly reduced or eliminated the use of harmful applications of pesticides.
  • The parking lot lights at the Hacienda de las Flores property were recently replaced with new LED lighting.
  • The heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units at the Town Offices at 329 Rheem Boulevard were replaced and the new system incorporated an airside economizer to reduce energy use.
  • New water fountains with water bottle refilling stations were installed at the Town Offices at 329 Rheem Boulevard and the Council Chambers at 335 Rheem Boulevard to replace disposable water bottles in Summer 2019.
  • Installation of a new water fountain and water bottle refilling station to replace disposable water bottles is scheduled at the Moraga Commons skatepark.
  • The EV charging stations arrived in Fall 2019, and staff is currently in the process of obtaining the services of an electrical contractor to install them in mid-2020.
  • Energy-efficient lighting upgrades were installed throughout the Town’s four public buildings. PG&E’s 0% On-Bill Financing Program was used to finance these upgrades which have a payback period of 3 years.