Energy Program

The City of Arcata is committed to reducing the community's greenhouse gas emissions associated with global climate change. The amount of energy we use and the source of that energy has an important role in climate change, which is why a community-wide Greenhouse Gas Inventory was developed in 2006, followed by a Community Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan that identified six action areas to change the way we use energyCommunity-wide participation is necessary to achieve the goals and strategies outlined in the plan.

Since then, Arcata's greenhouse gas inventory has been updated in the 2010 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory of Government Operations and the 2015 Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory.

Additionally, the Energy Committee was formed to make recommendations and provide information to the City Council and Commissions regarding energy efficiency, energy conservation and conversion to greener energy sources.

To see how you can help or learn more about what the city is doing, choose one of the action areas listed below:

Energy Efficiency


Renewable Energy


Zero Waste


Carbon Sequestration




Water & Energy