MARINA – The Marina Coast Water District has taken steps as part of its climate action plan including switching to 100% renewable energy which will cut its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50% and remove roughly 250 metric tons of greenhouse gasses from the environment each year .
The Marina Coast Water District Board of Directors authorized the purchase of 100% renewable energy to meet its power needs at its regular board meeting in late June. The action will allow the district to provide water and wastewater services more sustainably. It is the first step in a comprehensive climate action plan to reduce environmental impacts by the agency.
The transition to 100% renewable energy sources will come from 50% wind and 50% solar and will be purchased from Central Coast Community Energy, increasing the cost for the district to about $1 per year per water user.
The Marina Coast Water District Board received a district-wide greenhouse gas baseline inventory in 2018 as an initiation of the climate action planning process. It assessed the district’s greenhouse gas emissions and outlined possible actions to reduce district emissions including the transition to 100% renewable energy.
The board of directors established an ad-hoc committee to focus on the district’s climate action plan including mitigation and adaptation strategies moving forward in the future. The committee will work with staff to review recommendations for the plan that may include adding solar and battery storage systems, converting to an electrically-powered vehicle fleet, and providing incentives for employees to carpool, take transit, and bike to work, as well as other actions.
According to a district press release, District Board President Jan Shriner said she and the rest of the board were pleased “to be able to support the great work contained for the climate action plan.” She thanked those responsible for the work including District Water Resources Manager Patrick Breen, CivicSpark Fellow Amelia Cane, and Director Matt Zefferman for his expert review and support of the team.
The Marina Coast Water District says its mission is to provide customers with high-quality potable and recycled water, wastewater collection, and conservation services that are safe, affordable, reliable, and sustainable through planning, management, and development of water resources in an environmentally sensitive manner.