Climate Action Team

Parks & General Services; Ad-hoc Advisory Committee
Phone Number
(530) 757-5544
Established & Disestablished
2008-02-12 to 2009-10-29
Membership with Representative Organization
Kemble Pope (Chair), Open Space and Habitat Commission
John Mott-Smith (Vice Chair), Yolo County
Bill Dakin, Davis Energy Group
Bill Kopper, Citizen Appointed by Sue Greenwald
Dean Newberry, Natural Resources Commission
Dorothy Rosenberg, Citizen appointed by Stephen Souza
Emma Lautz, Davis Senior High School Student
Jack Kenward, Bicycle Advisory Commission
James C. Cramer, Care for God’s Creation
James Morante/John Ketcherside, Pacific Gas & Electric
Jenifer Segar, Citizen appointed by Ruth Asmundson
Lars Anderson, Explorit Science Center
Mark Braly, Planning Commission
Mark Rutheiser, Davis Chamber of Commerce
Monica Haymond/Theresa Bui, Associated Students of UC Davis
Rachel Milbrodt, Davis Joint Unified School District
Ruth Williams, Citizen appointed by Don Saylor
Sid England , UC Davis Sustainability Committee
Stacie Frerichs, Sierra Club, Yolano Chapter
Julie Partansky, Citizen appointed by Lamar Heystek

The Climate Action Team (CAT) was an ad hoc (temporary) city committee.

Purpose of the CAT

The purpose of the Ad Hoc Climate Action Team (CAT) is to assist city staff in accelerating the development of a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan (Plan) for the City of Davis and the community as a whole to address the issues of greenhouse gas emissions. The CAT will develop and implement with the active involvement of designated city staff a process to facilitate community input and comment designed to increase overall awareness of the efforts as well as to generate innovative approaches and comprehensive strategies to address the City’s goal of significantly reducing the GHG emissions of the City and the community as a whole.

Objectives of the CAT

With a primary focus on community wide GHG emissions, the CAT will, as directed by the City Council, and under the general coordination of the City Sustainability Coordinator:

1. Work on defined objectives, within the defined time frame, to produce materials that will assist in the rapid development of a Greenhouse Gas Reduction for the City.

2. Plan, organize, and conduct public workshops to solicit community input and identify potential elements of an action plan for the city, including inviting appropriate speakers or others to make presentations at these forums.

3. Identify and interview persons with specific expertise important to the development of a city action plan.

4. Identify potential public education materials to promote the city’s climate change program.

5. Identify potential partners and partnerships, which the city may wish to pursue in implementing a community–wide Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan.

6. Research programs in other cities, develop detailed descriptions of these programs, and report to city staff, including recommendations.

7. Assist in the identification and evaluation of potential community wide GHG emission reduction targets and measures for inclusion in the Plan.

8. In the interest of streamlining adoption of early GHG emission reduction measures by the City, the CAT will not have a primary role in the identification or evaluation of these early action measures.

Community Involvement and Forums

The City of Davis Climate Action Team [WWW] held its first public forum in June of 2008, where hundreds of citizens provided input and suggestions to the CAT in its effort to identify potential actions to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions. In a challenging process, the CAT researched and prioritized the potential actions down to a list of several dozen.

On Thursday, April 30th, 2009 the CAT, nearing the end of its work, hosted a public progress report on the CAT’s efforts. The informational meeting focused on the CAT’s work to identify early actions that will yield early greenhouse gas emission reductions. Their recommended list was forwarded to the City’s Natural Resources Commission and City Council for further analysis and adoption.

During the course of their work, the CAT hosted several issue-specific forums. Since the completion of their tasks and the disestablishment of the CAT, many members have continued to host these forums in partnership with the Valley Climate Action Center.

Low Carbon Diet Challenge


From October 12th, 2008 thru November 10th, 2008 the City of Davis and the Climate Action Team challenged 100 households to participate in a 30 day pilot program to reduce their carbon emissions by 5,000 pounds each. Over 100 households answered the challenge, with participation ranging from average Davis households to City Council members, City staff, UC Davis campus administrators, scientists, students, and business owners.

Upon conclusion of the program, households reported the amount of carbon emissions they were able to lose through an anonymous online reporting tool. Of the 47 survey responses received, 253,723 annual pounds of carbon have been reported to be saved as a result of this program. This calculates to an average of 5,398 pounds saved per household!

Based on these results and feedback from participants, the apparent success of the pilot program appears to be due in part to the peer support and accountability built into the program. Also, by assigning values to actions taken, the workbook provided households with a tangible idea of the impact they could make by taking action and participating in the program.

Due to the positive feedback and success of this pilot program, the City offered the Low Carbon Diet program to even more residents in 2009. The program has gained a lot of public support

For more information go to [WWW]

“This program is the first step-by-step plan for turning environmental concern into action”
The Chicago Tribune.

The City hopes to build from this pilot program to eventually engage thousands of Davis households to increase energy efficiency, reduce waste, and continue on a path toward a low carbon future for the community. This program is a part of the Davis Community Sustainability and Climate Change mission [WWW]

As author David Gershon points out in The Low Carbon Diet: “This is a fun and active plan to ‘…save money …save energy …save the planet!’”

For more information on the Low Carbon Diet, visit the Empowerment Institute’s web site at: [WWW]



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2008-05-23 13:49:39   Here's news flash for anyone thinking about getting involved...

Rajendra Pachauri, head of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, reluctantly stated that there has been no global warming so far in the 21st century. Last year there was a average global *drop* in temperature of .7C despite predictions that it would be the warmest year on record.

Read the whole article and make up your own mind....


2009-11-17 10:53:05   If you actually want some valid arguments against the existence of climate change, you should definitely look at the relationship between carbon dioxide and vegetation (this argues that carbon does not cause global warming) as well as the relationship between the sun and carbon dioxide. You could also look into who profits the most from a panic over global warming (General Electric and Al Gore). A drop during a year really proves nothing. —hankim

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