Highlight Map: California's Local Commitments to Decarbonization

Over the last few years, more than 50 California jurisdictions have formally committed to decarbonizing new construction. Despite the state’s stringent building code, these commitments are a big deal—local leadership on electrification reflects a motivation and interest in green building that will push state standards even further along. These commitments also mean that more and more residents are starting to enjoy the benefits of electrification, from lower utility bills to better indoor air quality.

This map tracks the cities and counties that have set requirements for moving away from gas. You can mouse over each icon to learn more about the specific requirements that were set, zoom in and out, and use the widget at the bottom to see when each commitment was made. (For example, you could select the block of time between July 2019 and July 2020 to see all of the jurisdictions that committed during that year.)

There is still work to be done all over California—especially outside of the Bay Area—but this graphic shows how far the state has already come in prioritizing sustainable, healthy, and resilient buildings. We’ll be updating this map as more cities and counties start to embrace all-electric construction, so check back periodically for updates!

Note: We’d like to say a huge thank you to Sierra Club for creating the list that inspired this map. If you don’t see your city or county below, check out the online campaign they’ve put together to help you become an advocate for decarbonization in your area.

Alex Coba

Communications Associate

As a proud California native from Stockton, Alex brings a wealth of experience and a versatile skill set. He has a solid communication background with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Relations from California State University, Chico. Alex is adept at strategic communications and media relations, with experience gathering and sharing stories from his local communities that uplift the unique spirit and values of those places. He is excited to join Build It Green, where he can apply his talents to further BIG’s mission to help communities across California thrive.