How Sustainable is Sacramento? 3 Ways Sac is Going Green

A light rail train in Sacramento, CA.

How Sustainable is Sacramento? 3 Ways Sac is Going Green

July 29, 2022 | By The Railyards

The State of California has its sights set on an enormous goal to fight climate change - becoming carbon neutral by 2045. Sacramento is fighting to support that goal with green initiatives to offer greener transportation options, more sustainable energy, and other important changes. These efforts have made Sacramento one of the greenest cities in the US, according to a 2021 WalletHub analysis.

Discover what the City of Trees is doing to create a more sustainable community for us to call home.

3 Ways Sacramento is Creating a More Sustainable City

#1: Eco-Friendly Transportation Options

Sustainable transit options are an essential part of the fight against climate change. According to the City of Sacramento, transportation is the source of 56% of Sacramento's greenhouse gases. Sacramento aims to reduce the number of cars on the road by offering greener alternatives.

The restored Sacramento Valley Station will provide Sacramentans with more sustainable choices for their commute. The new station will include buildings that run on renewable energy, 18 new bus bays with electrical charging, and bike facilities, among other green features.

#2: Green Careers

Green jobs help fuel California's economy. Professionals in green jobs work on energy-efficient technologies and services in industries like

  • Construction
  • Professional and business services
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale, distribution, and transport

Projects and employers who focus on sustainability, such as SMUD and The Railyards, help add green jobs in sectors like energy and construction.

#3: Supporting Sustainable Energy

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (more commonly known as SMUD) reports that in 2020 its power supply was more than 60% carbon-free. That includes the use of solar, wind, and hydroelectric power. The utility is continuing to add renewables to its power mix, working towards its goal to be 100% carbon-free by 2030.

The City of Sacramento further supports green energy through programs like Go Green Financing and Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), which offer ways to finance energy improvements and conservation upgrades.

The Railyards is proud to align with the City of Sacramento's plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating a more sustainable city. Read more about Sacramento's sustainable future.

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