May 31, 2016 > 2015: A landmark year for sustainability in Fremont
2015: A landmark year for sustainability in Fremont
Submitted By City of Fremont
Fremont has taken significant steps toward protecting the environment and acting on climate change. The CityÕs General Plan embraces a vision of sustainability and sets the goal of transforming Fremont from an auto-oriented suburb into a sustainable, strategically urban, and modern city.
The Climate Action Plan provides a roadmap for reducing community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020. In 2015 alone, Fremont made the following strides to reduce our climate impact:
Fremont is one of 50 semifinalist competitors in the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a two-year national competition from 2015 through 2016 offering a $5 million award to the city that does the best job at reducing total energy consumption.
The City installed 1.2 megawatts of solar generating carport structures at Aqua Adventure Waterpark, Robert Wasserman Fremont Police Center, and Irvington Community Center, reducing our municipal greenhouse gas footprint by 5 percent.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency named Fremont a Green Power Partner for supplying more than 10 percent of municipal energy usage with renewable energy.
From August through October 2015, hundreds of Fremont residents learned about the benefits of rooftop solar via East Bay Sun Shares Program, resulting in the installation of 47 new residential solar systems through discounted group pricing.
Almost 700 new residential solar PV (photovoltaic) systems were installed this year, bringing the total installed capacity to 18.9 megawatts of solar on over 1,985 homes and 69 businesses within Fremont. This amounts to approximately 25 million kilowatt-hours of local carbon-free electricity generation each year.
Nearly 1,400 electric vehicles (EV) were purchased by Fremont residents in 2015, bringing the total number of EVs in Fremont to over 3,700. In fact, FremontÕs 94539 zip code is home to more EVs than any other zip code in California.
Fremont launched a car sharing pilot program with Zipcar, providing three car share vehicles outside of Fremont BART station and two within the Centerville Train Depot parking lot.
Fremont was named AmericaÕs 10th Greenest City of 2015 by WalletHub for our high environmental quality and use of clean energy resources.
Fremont signed onto the Compact of Mayors, a coalition of over 450 cities worldwide publicly pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change.
Visit www.fremont.gov/Sustainability for more information on FremontÕs environmental sustainability efforts.