City of Berkeley Efforts to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
In 1998 the City adopted a goal of reducing community-wide GHG emissions by 15
percent by 2010. The City of Berkeley was one of the nation’s first cities to adopt the
goals of the Kyoto Protocol. This symbolic statement has been backed up by a concerted
effort to be a national and international model in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas
Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency
Berkeley has taken the lead in reducing the energy use and environmental impacts
through a series of green building efforts.
• Green City Buildings. The City adopted a requirement that all new/remodeled
municipal buildings must be built to the LEED Silver standard.
• Sustainable Development Requirements. The City instituted a permit fee to
fund sustainable development efforts and a green building coordinator. The City
also requires all major projects to go through a green building review.
• Created Build It Green. The City helped create the BIG, a non-profit service
agency to assist developers and homeowners with green building advice, technical
assistance, referrals, and other services. At last count, there were over 75
buildings in the city that were identified as “green.”
• Created Office of Energy and Sustainable Development. In 2004, the City
created the Office of Energy and Sustainable Development to coordinate our
efforts to reduce energy use while building a sustainable economy.
• Residential Energy Requirements. The City instituted a “Residential Energy
Conservation Ordinance” (RECO) that requires all homes or apartment buildings
that are sold or are undergoing major renovation to meet strict energy and water
• Free Residential Energy Retrofits. The City offers free weatherization services
through the LIHEAP and California Youth Energy Services programs (CYES
work is done by local high school students).
• Platinum Green Building. The City is subsidizing the creation of the “David