What the City is Doing

The City continuously works to implement energy saving features in its facilities and operations. By implementing several simple and cost-effective measures, the City has effectively reduced energy consumption by as much as 30% in certain facilities since 2006. Some of these measures include:

  • Replacing desk incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs in several City departments
  • Upgrading water pump motors with energy efficient motors
  • Installing skylights throughout City Hall to reduce the need for artificial lighting
  • Installing programmable thermostats to control and reduce heating, particularly when a building is unoccupied
  • Placing photocells in underutilized areas such as hallways to reduce unneccesary lighting
  • Lighting upgrades:
    • Installation of high efficiency T-8 linear fluorescent lighting with low ballast factors
    • Installation of light-emitting diode (LED) exit signs
    • Installation of high-pressure sodium bulbs in exterior lighting

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The City of Arcata has two electric vehicle charging stations located at its 8th and F Street parking lot which will allow electric vehicle drivers to recharge their vehicles while downtown. One, installed in the spring of 2014, is operated by Chargepoint and costs $1/hour to use. For more information on this charging station go to www.chargepoint.com. In 2008, the City installed its first electric vehicle charging station in downtown Arcata, which is not operated by Chargepoint. Click this link, Welcome to the City of Arcata Electric Vehicle Charging Station, for instructions on use.

Additionally, electric vehicle owners are eligible for a free parking pass. For more information on this pass, please contact the police department.

Carbon Sequestration

 You are invited to help sequester carbon by buying carbon offsets from the Arcata Community Forest. Click for an online or printable application.

  • Arcata Community Forest Management - The Managemement Plan emphasizes carbon sequestration by growing trees on extended rotations, designating reserves and adding forest acres that could otherwise be developed.
  • Riparian Forest Establishment - Established more than 100 acres of new riparian forest along creeks and bottomlands.
  • Salt Marsh Project - The McDaniel Slouth Marsh Restoration Project sequesters additional carbon on its 240-acre site.  This project is a case study that will be used to help develop sequestration protocols for salt marsh restoration activities.
  • Urban Forestry Program - Active program to expand planting of trees in the urban landscape including parks, roadside greenways, and the downtown area (i.e. the Plaza).

Other energy- and climate change-related activities that the City has undertaken:

  • Implementation of energy efficiency measures at City-funded low-income housing
  • Installation of solar electric and solar hot water systems at City-funded low-income housing
  • Waste reduction/diversion of 51% since 1990
  • Participation in the annual Plan It Green Conference


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What the City is Doing