Energy Use and Transportation

Reach Codes

The City of Cotati is exploring the adoption of reach codes to reduce the use of fuels that cause greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to climate change. A reach code is a local amendment of the State Building Code that goes beyond the basic mandatory standards of the Code. Reach codes are commonly used in California to mandate all-electric buildings, reducing the demand for natural gas and propane, and to require certain amounts of electric vehicle (EV) charging capacity in new and existing buildings. The City Council is considering an EV charging reach code ordinance in June 2023.

Ban on New Gas Stations

In 2022, the City passed a Gas Station Ban, which prevents the creation of new gas stations or expansions of existing gas stations within Cotati city limits. The goal of the gas station ban is to reduce the potential toxic contamination related to gas stations, and reduce fossil fuel emissions by encouraging the use of electric vehicles and alternative forms of transportation. 

Walking the Talk

Cotati’s City Hall is powered by 100% renewable energy through Sonoma Clean Power's EverGreen program. Additionally, the City's vehicle fleet primarily consists of electric vehicles for employees to conduct business outside of City Hall.

Roof solar panels
EV at charger
Bike to work

Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan

The City of Cotati is embarking on an update to its Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan in 2023. Last updated in 2014, the Plan guides City infrastructure improvements and programs to facilitate safe, efficient travel by bicycle and foot throughout the city. By promoting cycling and walking for transportation, the City makes it easier to residents, employees, and visitors to leave their cars at home, reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.