SANTA CLARA VALLEY WATER DISTRICT

Policies

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Energy and cost effective solar panels power the District’s administrative building.

In a 2008 Board resolution, the District established its aspirations to continue its leadership on climate change impacts and water resources management, and to enhance community understanding of these issues. The resolution also established policies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change impacts. These policies now permeate all levels and divisions of the District. In addition to resource efficiency, climate change mitigation and adaptation are taken into consideration for all District actions. 

The Board provided policy direction to “reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when reasonable and appropriate”  and to “apply current understanding of climate change mitigation and adaptation measures as relevant to water supply plans, flood management project plans, asset management and infrastructure plans, California Environmental Quality Act assessments and environmental impact reports, energy management plans, business plans, and strategic plans; engineering operations, maintenance and implementing best administrative and purchasing practices."

District strategies included 1) reduce project-specific Greenhouse Gas Emissions through District-wide programmatic actions and ensure reductions attributable to water conservation programs are properly credited to the Santa Clara County community;  2) increase fleet fuel use efficiency;  3) maintain a portfolio of alternative energy supplies; and 4)  increase energy use efficiency; and promote best practices for GHG emission reduction throughout District. 

  • Quality and Environmental Management System
  • Master Planning for the Future
  • Encouraging Green Business in the Community
  • Maintain a Portfolio of Alternative Energy Supplies
  • Carbon Load for Water Supplies
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