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City of Berkeley
Berkeley, US
Berkeley is a city on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay in northern Alameda County, California, United States. It borders the cities of Oakland and Emeryville to the south and the city of Albany and the unincorporated community of Kensington to the north. Its eastern border with Contra Costa County generally follows the ridge of the Berkeley Hills. The communities of colour in Berkeley are suffering the highest rates of displacement and the neighborhoods. Gentrification and displacement are occurring in areas where they were under-invested for so long, and as housing prices have increased significantly. It is important to elevate the voices and priorities of these communities that are impacted first and worst by climate change.
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Demo case leader: UC Berkeley
Area: 45.74 km2
Population: 124,321
Existing infrastructure
In 2006, the Berkeley community voted for a ballot measure to reduce the community’s GHG emissions by 80 percent below 2000 levels by 2050. The City’s first Climate Action Plan was adopted in 2009. In 2018, Berkeley City Council declared a Climate Emergency and the goal of becoming a Fossil Fuel-Free City as soon as possible, and the California Governor signed Executive Order B-55-18, committing California to carbon neutrality by 2045.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company operate the electric and gas systems that serve Berkeley homes. Gas is the most common fuel for space and water heating across Berkeley, with a smaller proportion of homes also using gas for cooking and/or clothes drying.

Fewer than 10 percent of Berkeley homes currently utilize whole-house air conditioning. But as the climate warms, air conditioning systems will become substantially more popular in the Bay Area and will provide greater climate resiliency. Climate models suggest that cooling degree days in Berkeley will increase 53-72 percent by 2050, resulting in up to 44 percent A/C ownership.
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