Compact of Mayors
On March 7, 2017, Hayward Mayor Halliday and the Hayward City Council adopted a resolution to join the Compact of Mayors.
The Compact of Mayors is a global coalition of mayors and city officials who pledge to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions, enhance resilience to climate change, and track their progress transparently.
The Compact of Mayors was launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael R. Bloomberg, under the leadership of the world’s global city networks. Created in 2014, there are now more than 640 member cities around the world, 133 in the United States, and 7 right here in the East Bay.
Through the Compact, the City strengthens its pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, meet emissions reductions targets, track progress and enhance climate resilience. The City is already well on its way to compliance. The City has already completed greenhouse gas emissions inventories, crafted a Climate Action Plan, and set GHG emissions reductions targets.
As of June 2016, the Compact of Mayors merged with the Covenant of Mayors, its European partner, to form the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy. Watch a brief video about the Global Covenant:
What is the City of Hayward doing to achieve GHG reductions?
Grid Neutral Wastewater Treatment Facility: The City’s Wastewater Treatment Facility generates much more energy than it needs through its solar array and co-generation engine. Because of this, Hayward was the first municipality in the PG&E service area to utilize the PG&E RES-BCT tariff, which allows the extra energy to be credited to other City facilities.
LED Streetlights: In 2013, Hayward upgraded all of its streetlights (approximately 7,700) to LED, saving us 2.58 million kWh of electricity per year.
Solar: The City has solar systems on the roofs of three of its municipal buildings.
Electric Vehicles: The City has twenty electric vehicles in its municipal fleet and has the internal policy to only purchase EVs as replacements for all passenger vehicles.
Zero Net Energy Library: The new 21st Century Library will be zero net energy, meaning that its solar panels will generate enough energy to power the building.
Climate Action Plan: The City of Hayward was one of the first cities in California to adopt a Climate Action Plan in 2009, demonstrating its commitment to environmental protection and sustainability.
Sea Level Rise Study: Hayward, in partnership with the Hayward Area Shoreline Planning Agency, was also one of the first local governments in the nation to complete a study of the potential effects of sea level rise.
Solar panels on top of the Hayward Animal Shelter, Corp Yard, and Utilities buildings.