The Park District’s top priority is keeping our parks, shorelines, lakes and trails safe and well-maintained. A big part of that responsibility is preparing for the future: Taking steps now to adapt to a changing climate, and a rising San Francisco Bay. We are seeing the effects of sea-level rise in increased coastal and levee erosion and trail flooding. Many of our lakes have suffered from toxic algae blooms, and the prolonged drought has had a severe impact on our forests and woodlands.
Our Climate Smart Initiative includes integrated adaptive management such as wetland restoration at Dotson Family Marsh, wildfire hazard reduction practices, study and monitoring of harmful algae bloom, and expansion of a network of trails for green transportation.
What the East Bay Regional Park District is doing
- Issuing Certified Green Bonds: new bond funding for acquisition, habitat restoration, trail construction, and protecting the shoreline from sea level rise.
Download: East Bay Regional Park District Green Bond Framework
- Renewable energy: by the end of 2017, the Park District will be energy net neutral, meaning that it will produce enough renewable energy from the solar panels on parking lot shade shelters in one of our 73 parks to offset the amount of energy we use.
- Coastal resilience: the Park District’s 55 miles of shorelines along the Bay and Delta protect millions of communities, families, and people from sea level rise.
- Cooling: Parklands such as Redwood Regional Park provide the public respite from extreme weather such as heat.
Air quality: parklands and open spaces remove carbon pollution from the air we breathe.
- Carbon storage: Plants, in their roots, and soil sequester carbon.
- In the news: East Bay Regional Parks Board Takes Action Supporting Paris Climate Accord
Download: East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors Resolution in Support
What you can do
- Support the Park District in reducing our carbon footprint by using alternative transportation, such as walking, biking, and transit.
- Reduce and recycle your waste when visiting our parks and at home.
- Make your home more comfortable by increasing its energy efficiency and switching to renewable energy where feasible.
- Eat more local, plant-based organic foods.
- Stay tuned as we develop more ways the public can help the Park District reduce our carbon footprint.
Climate Change Strategy
The District developed a comprehensive strategy to mitigate sea level rise impacting the 55 miles of shorelines that we own and manage in the East San Francisco Bay. The effects of levee failure and overtopping of the San Francisco Bay Trail threaten critical infrastructure, homes, and people. Adaptive plans include renewable energy projects, partnering with regional agencies and research institutes, developing best practices for grazing and fire hazard management for wildlands.
Download: Preliminary Study: Effect of Sea Level Rise on the Resources of the Hayward Shoreline
Carbon Sequestration Study Update
The Park District updated a 2008 carbon sequestration study which found that over 120,000 acres of wetlands, grasslands, and oak woodlands store nearly 300,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents, which is similar to taking 60,000 vehicles off of East Bay roads every year.
Download: Carbon Sequestration Study Update - 08-04-2016
Strategic Energy Plan
In keeping with the environmental ethic of the East Bay Regional Park District’s mission, we created a Strategic Energy Plan as a roadmap for future energy decisions. The Park District currently uses electricity, natural gas, and propane that emit 1,156 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents per year. The plan shows how the Park District can generate much of its energy on-site and significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
Download: Strategic Energy Plan - 10-07-2014
Climate Smart Videos
Climate-related Legislation – Supported by EBRPD Board of Directors
- AB 733 (Berman D-Palo Alto) – Infrastructure Financing Districts to Adapt to Sea Level Rise
- AB 907 (Garcia D-Coachella) - Office of Outdoor Recreation and Public Lands Enhancement
- AB 1083 (Burke D-Inglewood) – Electrical Vehicle Charging Stations in State Parks and Beaches
- AB 1630 (Bloom D-Santa Monica) – Wildlife Connectivity and Transportation Project
- SB 262 (Wieckowski D-Fremont) – Climate Adaption Advisory Council
- AB 184 (Berman D-Palo Alto) Sea Level Rise Database for Planning
- AB 1433 (Wood D-Healdsburg) – Climate Adaption and Resilience Based on Nature Act
- AB 1608 (Kalra D-San Jose) Vibrant Landscapes for Climate, People and Multi Benefits
- H.R. 502 (Grijavla D-AZ) – Permanent Land and Water Conservation Fund Authorization