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

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

- Community Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan (2006)

- Greenhouse Gas Inventory (2006)

- Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan (2010)

- Installation of elecric vehicle charging station in downtown Arcata (2008). Click this link, Welcome to the City of Arcata Electric Vehicle Charging Station,  for instructions on use of the charging station.


- Installation of solar electric systems at City Hall and Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center (2005, 2008)

- 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 percent since 1990

 - Participation in annual Plan It Green Conference 

- Carbon Sequestration: 

  •  Arcata Community Forest management - Management Plan emphasizing carbon sequestration by growing trees on extended rotations, designating reserves and adding forest acres that could otherwise be developed.
  • Riparian forest establishmentEstablished more than 100 acres of new riparian forest along creeks and bottomlands.
  • Salt Marsh Project - The McDaniel Slough Marsh Restoration Project expects to sequester additional carbon on a 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).


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What the City is Doing