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We host a RICAPS monthly working group to support city sustainability coordinators in developing and implementing climate action plans.

  • 2022 RICAPS Multi-City Working Group Meetings

    January 25


    Community GHG Inventory Status Updates, Overview of the PCE/SVCE/EBCE 2022 Reach Code Initiative, and San Mateo Resource Conservation District's Compost Broker Program


    February 22 Webinar Building Electrification in a Carbon Neutral Future, City Roundtable on Electrification Efforts and Cross-Jurisdiction Collaboration, Municipal Building Electrification Opportunities Preview and Willdan's New HPWH Program


    March 22 Webinar Context for Public Agency Building Electrification, Opportunities and Funding for Public Agency Building Electrification, Public Agency Building Electrification Discussion Exercise, and Spotlight on Compost Awareness Week


    April 26 Compost Broker Program, New Building Electrification Moonshot, Case Studies


    May 24 Compost Broker Program Update, Existing Building Electrification Module, Equity and Outreach Best Practices


    June 28 Electrification Costs (Piedmont Electrification Ordinance, California Electrification Bundling Cost Analysis, SMC Electrification Case Studies), Group Discussion


    July 26 Electrification Policy Options, Menlo Park Electrification Implementation Plan, Electrification Messaging Market Research


    August 23 SB 1383 Update and Brainstorm, Intro to Commercial Building Decarbonization, Commercial Building Decarbonization Insights, How Building Performance Standards Work


    September 27 Transportation Decarbonization Overview, EV Reach Codes


    October 25 All-Electric Buildings Case Study Preview, Regional Plans for Transportation Decarbonization, Micromobility and Active Transportation


    November 15 City Feedback Session on RICAPS, Annual Inventory Program Update and Q&A, Preliminary Results: Costs to Electrify 10 Existing Single-family homes in San Mateo County


    December 13 City to City Shareout on Climate Initiative Success Stories from 2022, Sustainability's Role in Transportation and Transportation Moonshot: Funding Focus


View presentations from past meetings.

Existing Building Reach Code Resources

  • Electrification Best Practices Review: RICAPS has released this Review to inform all-electric reach code development in the County. The Review identifies the five most frequently exempted building types from all-electric reach codes:
    • Commercial kitchens
    • Accessory dwelling units
    • Affordable housing
    • Public emergency centers
    • Labs and life sciences buildings
  • For more information, resources, recommended reach codes, and more, visit Bay Area Reach Codes here and BayREN Codes and Policies website here.
  • To reference one current example of an existing building reach code, see the City of San Mateo’s reach codes for home renovations here (effective January 1, 2023).

RICAPS Climate Action Plan Template

We have developed a new climate action plan template that the 20 cities in San Mateo County and others can use to save staff time and resources. The new template includes the following innovations: guidance for collaborating with community groups when developing and implementing the CAP, identification of emissions from consumption activities (such as air travel, food, and purchases), and information about carbon sequestration and workforce development. With colorful photos, icons, and informative call-out boxes, the document is designed to be accessible to the public. Since it is formatted in Microsoft Word, city staff can edit it to include their own goals and strategies. The document was prepared in collaboration with an ad hoc advisory group of sustainability coordinators from seven San Mateo County cities, with technical support from DNV.

The most recent version of the CAP template is Version 9.5, posted May 2021. Changes since version 9.4 are listed on the first page.

RICAPS Menu of Measures

This Excel-based tool documents the calculations associated with the menu of climate action measures for RICAPS. This Menu of Measures provides a pre-set list of greenhouse gas reduction measures most applicable to the San Mateo County region and a recommended approach to estimating potential greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions avoided from each measure. It was prepared by DNV.

The most recent version of the Menu of Measures is version 9.4.

Updates included in version 9.4:

  • Measures for heat pump water heaters and space heaters

Updates included in version 9.1:

  • Fixed formula mistake on panel upgrade measure
  • Changed 2015 baseline titles to 2017

RICAPS Forecasting Tool

This Excel workbook provides assistance to estimate the business-as-usual greenhouse gas emissions through 2020, 2030, 2040, 2045, and 2050. It assists jurisdictions in calculating the metric tons of greenhouse gases reduced by California statewide measures and the city-specific measures selected in the RICAPS Menu of Measures Tool, and analyzes whether the reduction targets will be met by the climate action plan. It was prepared by DNV. The most recent version of the Forecasting Tool is version 9.3.

Energy Efficiency Home Webinar

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Case Studies

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