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Should Elk Grove Limit Greenhouse Gases?

The city may adopt a Climate Action Plan and add a sustainability element to the General Plan.

Should Elk Grove Limit Greenhouse Gases?

New office complexes in Elk Grove may soon be required to get a portion of their power from solar panels, parking lots in town could be required to be more heat-reflective and restaurants could be restricted from using styrofoam to-go containers.

The Elk Grove City Council Wednesday night will consider adopting a Climate Action Plan–a series of proposed requirements and encouragements designed to move Elk Grove's greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent below its 2005 level by the year 2020.

The 122-page plan, which will include an addition to the city's 2003 General Plan, has worked its way through the Elk Grove Planning Commission and was unveiled to the public two years ago.

Some of the other proposals in the plan include requiring electric vehicle charging stations at new large commercial developments, creating a Community Forest Master Plan, mandating a certain level of energy-efficiency in all new construction, promoting water conservation and more.

The plan was originally forecast to cost the city $150,000–money coming from a federal grant.

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Elk Grove City Council meeting
6 p.m. Wednesday
Elk Grove City Hall, 8400 Laguna Palms Way

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