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Project Parameters

Project Area

The City limits define the CAP project area. The City is located immediately south of passive and active open space in the Martinez Regional Shoreline, the City’s Waterfront Park, and the Carquinez Strait; east of the unincorporated community of Port Costa and the town of Crockett; north of Alhambra Valley and the Briones Regional Park; and west of Interstate 680 (I-680) and the McNabney Marsh. There are approximately 14,300 households in the City and the population is approximately 36,144 (Bay Area Census, 2000; California Department of Finance, 2008). The predominant land uses in the Downtown area include institutional (25 percent); residential (24 percent); and commercial, industrial and office (18 percent) (City of Martinez, 2005). Commercial uses are concentrated along Main Street and Ferry Street, which together with governmental uses along Court Street and Pine Street serve as the main focal point of the Downtown area. A concentration of well preserved historic buildings is located within the heart of the Downtown.

The major regional roadways serving the City include State Route 4 (SR 4), and I-680. A survey of transportation needs for the residents of the City indicate that the mean travel time to work is approximately 28 minutes, and the majority of people (approximately 88% of working individuals) commute alone or carpool, while approximately 6% use public transportation (Bay Area Census, 2000).

Martinez's GHG Inventory

In partnership with ICLEI, the City concluded an inventory of citywide greenhouse gas emissions using 2005 as the base year. The inventory shows that Martinez residents, businesses, and government emitted approximately 321,000 metric tons of eCO2 in 2005. The figure below provides a graphic depiction of the relative contribution of different sources. Please note that the figure does not show emissions associated with transportation on adjacent State and federal highways, but that emissions from local transportation (i.e. trucks and autos), account for nearly half of the total inventory. Other major sources are residential and commercial electricity and natural gas use, and emissions related to solid waste collection and disposal. Municipal operations account for a relatively small part of the inventory (less than one percent) but are nonetheless important for the CAP, because these emissions are under the direct control of the City.

Martinez Inventory

The CAP Inventory boundary includes:


Residential:         Electricity:
Electricity   Street Lighting
Natural Gas   Water/ Sewage
Electricity   Recreation:
Natural Gas   Electricity
Industrial:   Transportation:
Electricity   Diesel


Diesel   Commuting
Compostable Materials    

The CAP inventory boundary excludes:

Highway Transportation:

CAP Parameters

The following criteria were used throughout the project to provide parameters to the CAP decision making process. 

The CAP:

  1. Should be consistent with State policies and legislation, including AB32 and the Governor’s Executive Order;
  2. Should be consistent with the CAP Guiding Principles;
  3. Should address the major sources of GHG emissions and the major risks from climate change;
  4. Should be achievable, building on strategies already in place or through foreseeable technological developments; and
  5. Should target a level of GHG emission reduction and adaptation planning commensurate with what's required to avoid the worst consequences of global climate change.
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