Sacramento’s natural assets create built in quality of life amenities, including opportunities for recreation and experiencing nature. Sacramento has committed to increasingly support environmental initiatives to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and protect our region’s water supply.

As Mayor, Ashby will ensure the city pursues opportunities to provide open space, conserve resources, and protect the environment.

  1. Promote sustainable land use principles as identified in the city’s General Plan, Climate Action Plan, and the Sacramento Area Council of Government’s Blueprint.
  2. Enhance mobility and connectivity in the region by prioritizing multi-modal alternatives like biking, walking, bus, and rail.
  3. Develop and implement a comprehensive plan for funding the development and maintenance of regional parks, parkways and open spaces.
  4. Continue to improve water conservation and wastewater efficiency (including water recycling programs).
  5. Improve waste reduction and recycling, including residential food recycling programs.
  6. Promote energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Encourage and incentivize green building and sustainable energy practices.
  7. Preserve and enhance Sacramento’s tree canopy. We need to keep and expand our protections for our urban forest, especially for young and unprotected trees and for our heritage trees.
  8. Support the American River Conservancy efforts and seek funding for beautification, preservation and maintenance.

Citywide Water and Energy Audit Program

Sacramento’s next mayor must create a one-stop-shop for water and energy efficiency assistance for homes and businesses. By request, an efficiency expert would be available to provide a home audit, and connect homeowners with SMUD, the Department of Utilities, and other agencies to provide specific rebates for:

  • Converting light bulbs
  • Replacing old appliances
  • Placing solar panels
  • Installing new windows
  • Converting fireplaces from wood burning to gas
  • Changing out shower heads and water taps
  • Adding insulation and sealing leaks and ductwork
  • Upgrading heating and cooling systems
  • Upgrading plumbing
  • romoting water conservation, encouraging recycling, and providing daily energy saving tips

We can make a major difference for our environment and the finances of low income and working class families in underserved neighborhoods, and this program can be funded through grants, money from the State’s Cap-and-Trade Program, public and private partnerships, and existing programs that are currently unconnected.