What the City is Doing

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 unnecessary 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 2 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 per hour to use. For more information on this charging station, go to the Chargepoint online resource. In 2008, the City installed its first electric vehicle charging station in downtown Arcata, which is not operated by Chargepoint. Welcome to the City of Arcata Electric Vehicle Charging Station (PDF), 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. Access an online or printable application.
  • Arcata Community Forest Management - The Management 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 bottom lands.
  • 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 & Climate Change Related Activities that the City has Undertaken