COUNTY OF SAN MATEO

Inter-Departmental Correspondence

Department of Public Works

 

DATE:

April 23, 2008

BOARD MEETING DATE:

May 6, 2008

SPECIAL NOTICE/HEARING:

None

VOTE REQUIRED:

Majority

 

TO:

Honorable Board of Supervisors

FROM:

James C. Porter, Director of Public Works

SUBJECT:

Authorizing the Execution of a Grant Agreement with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) for $75,000 for RecycleWork’s Climate Action Program in San Mateo County

 

RECOMMENDATION:

Adopt a resolution authorizing the Director of Public Works to execute a Grant Agreement with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) for $75,000 for RecycleWork’s Climate Action Program in San Mateo County.

 

VISION ALIGNMENT:

Commitment: Responsive, effective and collaborative government.

Goal 20: Government decisions are based on careful consideration of future impact, rather than temporary relief or immediate gain.

Goal 22: County and local governments effectively communicate and collaborate in order to develop strategic approaches on issues affecting the entire County.

 

The recommendation furthers this commitment and goals by furthering the County’s ability to conserve resources and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions Countywide.

 

BACKGROUND:

1.

The County of San Mateo, Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution authorizing the Director of Public Works to submit a grant application to the BAAQMD at the January 8, 2008 meeting.

 

2.

The BAAQMD has agreed to fund the application and has provided a Scope of Work and Grant Agreement for review and approval.

 

DISCUSSION:

The grant funding will be used to offset costs associated with completing the Energy Strategy document and the implementation of its recommendations. Deliverables (the Scope of Work) required to receive grant funding include:

 
 

Hiring a part time, Extra Help, Resource Conservation Specialist II.

 
 

Completion of the Utility and Sustainability Task Force (USTF) Energy Strategy Document.

 
 

Promote the adoption of the Energy Strategy recommendations by each city in the County, and promote the appointment of one elected official and one staff person to the USTF or equivalent committee.

 
 

Establishment of a pool of community volunteers and graduate program student volunteers.

 
 

Provision of a series of three workshops for staff in the cities.

 
 

Establishment of an incentive program to get all the cities in the County to complete their government operations and community wide GHG emission inventories.

 
 

Creation of a tracking and annual reporting program including the various elements included in a typical CO2 inventory and provide periodic reports.

 
 

Developing a two-year funding strategy to continue the project through grants or other funding sources.

 

A resolution has been approved as to form by County Counsel.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:

There will be no fiscal impact to the County’s General Fund by accepting this grant to complete the aforementioned activities including the hiring of a part-time, extra help individual. This position will be funded with the grant through June 30, 2009.