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 .

Objectives include:

  • 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.

2018 RICAPS Multi-City Working Group Meetings



January 23 Webinar Carbon Fee and Dividend Legislative Proposal; 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference and the Conference of the Parties (COP23) Recap; Managing Emissions from Refrigerants. Presentations
February 27 In-person How do Cities Track CAP and Sustainability Progress, San Mateo County Open Data Portal Update, How Does Your City Celebrate Earth Day, Beacon Awards Update. Presentations
March 27 Webinar Electric Vehicle Charging Readiness Ordinance, Tesla; Updating the San Mateo County Energy Strategy; Finding the Finance for Sustainability; Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE). Presentations

April 24 In-person  Energy Efficiency Opportunites for Local Governments, SMCEW, PG&E, Panel Discussion: Engie, CLIMATEC, Schneider Elecric Presentations
May 22 Webinar  Electrification, EV Charging Infrastructure Study Findings, Santa Monica EV Action Plan Presentations

June 26 In-Person

July 24 Webinar  
August 28 In-person  
September 25 Webinar  
October 23 In-person  
November 27 Webinar  
December 18 In-person  

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
May 23 In-person PAEC Progress to date (Best practices and gap analysis, Selection of model ordinances for benefit-cost analysis and results, Review of model ordinances), Facilitated break-out discussion groups (EV Infrastructure, Electrification and zero carbon heating, Solar carports). Presentation

June 20 webinar

US DOE Initiatives related to ZNE City Incentive Programs, Brisbane Adopted Mandatory Solar PV and Cool Roof Ordinance, PAEC Solar Siting Survey results, ECO100 brainstorming for joint marketing efforts. Presentation
July 25 Webinar Overview SMC Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Trends, BAAQMD EV Program and Policies, PG&E EV Charge Network Program and Pilot, PAEC EV Charge Master Plan. Presentation
August 22 In-person Energy Storage & Local Government, Business Case for Battery Storage, Energy Storage & EV Charging: Redwood City Case Study, Battery Storage & the Grid: PAEC Integration Capacity Analysis. Presentation
September 26 Webinar Microgrids: Drivers and Opportunities, Financing & What’s Next, The Santa Rita Jail Microgrid, Challenges and Opportunities in the Integration of Advanced Building Technologies, Streamlining Interconnection: How PG&E’s Pilot Will Impact Local Deployment of Solar and Energy Storage, The Magic of the Microgrid at UCSD. Presentation
October 31 In-person Setting the Stage for Cultural Change for Deep Emissions Reductions: Role of Marketing and Outreach, Local efforts across SMC, City of Brisbane Marketing and Outreach, Sustainability Messaging for Sea Change SMC, Sharing Best Pracitices in Sustainability Marketing & Outreach. Presentation
November 28 Webinar Future of transportation in California, high speed rail, 2040 Countywide transportation plan and broader transportation trends. Presentation
December 12 In-person Project Drawdown, Emissions Trends in San Mateo County: 2005-2015, Celebrating Sustainability Success in 2017, Burlingame's ECO100 Opt Up plan. Presentation

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 voluntary/mandatoryHome Energy Score ordinances.  San Mateo County Open Data Portal demonstration: Socrata Perspectives. Growing Solar in San Mateo County (presentation). SunShares Update. Agenda
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

Date Topics
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
August 18
Online CAP progress tracking presentation

August 25 (Agenda)
Water conservation (Belmont presentation, school water auditing pilot and BAWSCA update presentation, H2Oknow presentation, discussion), online CAP progress tracking presentation, plans for 2016. All presentations

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 

Date Topics
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

Date Topics
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