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As we face our new challenges together. Cool Davis is working even harder to connect to more households through our Live Cool Davis -- Cool Homes program. Its purpose is to support households making rapid reductions in their greenhouse gases.

As more households sign up and Make a Plan they are invited to take part in many different Cool Davis activities.

These include our Cool Davis Cool Solutions Campaigns:

Davis Home Heating and Cooling Program: Make a Plan Get Your Ducts in A Row!
Our heating and cooling information and planning is proving essential in this fragile time when all our expenses are coming home to roost at household level. Cool Davis is reach out to households to help them managed costs and plan what to do if they are forced to replace systems during this difficult time. We had already planned to scale up the outreach in 2020 , now we putting out our programming on line and through neighborhood communications channels. We are reaching out to specific neighborhoods with aging systems to help them plan for their next system and to reduce their need for electricity and gas. In the face of increasing extreme heat days and harmful air quality events it is important that households are prepared with low cost options, the right equipment and plan.

Double Up on Solar is a local campaign to encourage households to adopt solar PV on their homes, taking advantage of tax credits and decreasing cost of solar to save money and the environment into the future. Cool Davis and the City of Davis set a goal to double roof top solar on single family homes by the end of 2020 in the community. Solar continues to be an important and effective way to invest in the future and save money too in these difficult times when other investments are challenging.

Ride Cool -- EV
Cool Davis is the primary organization in Davis educating residents about Electric Vehicles and providing educational events called Ride and Drives for the community since 2010. Participants can test drive many electric vehicles in one place, as well as talk with real owners with their cars. In 2020 we will expand our services to bring Ride and Drive events to more multi-family settings and targeted neighborhoods and community organizations. Monthly we partner with DEVA (see below) at the Davis Farmers Market for a vehicle pop-up display.

Program Successes
Make a Plan Get Your Ducts in A Row! Davis Home Heating and Cooling Program:
Cool Davis will complete the testing of our outreach methodology in 2019. This spring we are preparing to to scale up to address heating and cooling solutions and assist households in managing costs. After successfully reaching 40 households with one Make A Plan workshop we are ready to bring this to similar households and begin helping them with specific challenges and barriers to action. Now we are taking this on-line and into social media and other channels to share important cost & energy saving educational content and reach households.

Double Up on Solar!
Cool Davis and the City of Davis set a goal to double roof top solar by 2020 in the community to 4,600 rooftop systems. Since the campaign began in 2016 over 2000 additional households have added solar taking the total to over 4,000 households. Davis is on track to meet it's Double Up goal. In 2020 Cool Davis will reprise its "Driving on Sunshine" EV/PV home tour broadened to include many more examples of "living cool". A growing group of homeowners (Cool Homes) are powering their lives with solar, and adding EVs and other sustainable choices. Many are joining us as champions (volunteers) sharing ideas and information with other neighbors and friends and community groups.

Ride Cool -- EV!
The 3rd Annual EVs at the Market was a resounding success with 7 vehicles to drive and over 50 drivers with a total of 120 total participants in rides totalling over 250 rides. 27 owners with their vehicles conducted Show & Tell holding over 1300 conversations. Other Cool Davis partners and Jump Bike were on hand to provide transportation resources. We are just now conducting the second round of follow-up to record the number of households that have added EVs .

All year we have continued with monthly EV pop-up at the farmers market featuring owners showing their vehicle on display. The result is a growing list of interested households now invited to connect through our volunteer working group Davis Electric Vehicle Association at their bi-monthly meetings and attending 2020 Ride & Drive events. Over 1200 households have talked with us about their interest in electric vehicles and approximately 20% of those get connected and participate regularly in activities to explore EVs further. Soon we will know how many of those have moved forward on a decision as well.

Live Cool Davis! While the Cool Solutions Campaigns deliver rapid de-carbonization of our community with specific GHG reduction actions (Solar, EVs, Heating and Cooling), the Cool Davis team is also actively signing-up households all over Davis to make a plan. These households receive our checklist, take a pledge and getting busy reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. They use the Cool Davis Cool Homes Checklist to make a plan. Cool Davis brings them together in different ways to make them a visible network, and providing them with support, information and resources to take action.

In 2020, we will complete and go beyond enrollment of 5,000 households in our Cool Homes program from our current base.

For engagement to stick it requires attention, feedback and support. Long term and consistent change take practice with others. The Cool Davis Cool Home Checklist has given households the opportunity to share and celebrate the things they have already completed and to identify the next steps they can take addressing household energy use, transportation and consumer choices. The next step is to engage households in a deeper way and with more difficult actions where multiple barriers to action may exist. To do this we have recruited a network of expertise and support to assist households as they take on major changes in their home, their transportation choices and their consumption habits. This network is comprised of volunteer champions embedded in their own neighborhoods and community institutions who are trained to respond to inquiries and on the ground opportunities right where they are.

Project Goals:
• Continue engaging 75% of households in planning the changes and improvements they will make to become more sustainable and significantly reduce greenhouse gases in the areas of Home Energy, Transportation and Consumer Choices.
• Complete the enrollment of 5,000 households in Cool Homes
• 50% of households complete partial or full GHG plans.
• Train up to 60 volunteer Champions to work with households on home energy, transportation, and/or consumption related GHG reduction strategies.
• Target and engage enrolled households directly in 3-5 Cool Solutions campaigns. Currently active campaigns are Home Heating and Cooling, Double Up On Solar and Ride Cool Electric Vehicle outreach.
• Build an integrated network of experts and volunteers who provide support, encouragement to households and a platform for ongoing transformation and resilience at organization and neighborhood level.
• Document the contacts and resources necessary to engage large numbers of households in rapid reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
• Document the greenhouse gas emission reductions related to household actions.

Advisor Training
In 2019 , Cool Davis expanded staff for its Live Cool Davis - Cool Homes program and Cool Solutions Campaigns to train up teams of volunteer champions to assist neighbors and residents with their planned actions, helping with events, and advice at neighborhood level with some trained at higher levels to provide one-to one advice.

Program Successes
Since 2010 the City of Davis and Cool Davis have been working together to engage households in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions as one of the primary goals of the City of Davis' Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. In that plan the City specifically calls for the engagement of households and set initial benchmarks for success with no specific method for measuring engagement. Cool Davis and the City have tested methodologies to engage and ensure that households like these are reducing greenhouse gases. Using the Cool California household footprint tool, Davis' 27,000 households range from 40.6 metric tons of CO2 (95616) to 58. tons of CO2 (95618) per year. We have learned there are different solutions for every household, shaped by their demographics, home energy use, transportation and consumption patterns.

The City and Cool Davis have experimented with different tools, events and activities to test engagement strategies with households. These have include the Low Carbon Diet, the Cool Cities Challenge (Davis won #1 in 2013), five Cool Davis Festivals, eight Interfaith Climate Justice Conferences and many other events and activities. In 2011 Cool Davis developed the Cool Homes Checklist as a tool for initial engagement of households and is now being revised for households to use to draft a plan of action for home energy, transportation and consumption. In addition to these activities Cool Davis has begun work on a database to track household accomplishments and actions that directly reduce green house gases. We are working with the City of Davis to track and quantifying those emission reductions. This year the more comprehensive Cool Homes program to sign up households, record their previous accomplishments and then make a plan for their next actions will reach a significantly larger portion of our community.

Since 2010 Cool Davis has collected over 5000 active households in our own database. We know there are several thousand more households who by their retrofit of lawns, adoption of solar PV (4000+), purchase of electric vehicles (over 2000), or application of energy efficiency features to their homes (3-5000) are now visibly "Cool Homes". This year we are continuing to inventory of these and many more household actions in anticipation of our 10th anniversary celebration in June.
The Cool Davis Sustainability Coalition exists to support the implementation of the City's climate action plan. It is an active network of residents and community organizations, businesses, and community institutions. Organizations who are official partners of Cool Davis are automatically members of the Coalition.

The Coalition focuses on:
- Bringing together organized groups that are committed to implement the City of Davis Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, and building a resilient community.
- Providing connection and collaborative opportunities for these organizations to help each other in reaching these goals.
- Providing a formal way of recognizing this commitment and acknowledging it in the community.

Coalition Working Groups engage in many events and activities under the Cool Davis umbrella!
• READ-Y -- Resilient Embodied Action Davis- Yolo - is the newest Cool Davis working group formed in February. Professionals with backgrounds in ACEs and trauma informed care are organizing a group to train community members and stand up resilience programming for the Davis community as a model for community programs county wide.
• Yolo Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice - hosts its annual interfaith conference in March, and community resilience reflection group and other community forums.
• DEVA - the Davis Electric Vehicle Association meets every other month sharing information, ideas about electric vehicles, vehicle charging for owners and the EV curious.
• Waterwise Davis -- is a local water conservation advocacy group that hosts an annual work shop on solutions for greywater use.
• DFF - Davis Futures Forum is a local group providing regional and national experts to the local discussion of sustainable land use policy.
• Cool Cuisine - is an informal dining group promoting plant based eating at Davis restaurants. This year they launched the Davis Burger Battle in March where restaurants compete for the best plant based burger.

Newly forming working groups include:

-- Transit advocacy team -- working on advocating for better transit needs and solutions in Davis.

Program Successes
The coalition has grown each year to include more community businesses, organizations and institutions now numbering 80+ partners.

The full Coalition hosted quarterly meetings on various topics including- Getting to Zero - Possibilities Best Practices & Next Steps in Building All Electric (with building tour at Indigo Architechs and RePower); Earth Day Celebration; Care for the Trees: Urban Forestry in Davis, The Davis Downtown Plan:Planning for a Sustainable Community and Holiday Partnership mixer

In 2019, the Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice presented the 8th Annual Interfaith Conference on Climate Justice and hosted a workshop/film discussion series called Think Resilient - to help jump start conversations about how to live in a world where we eventually stop using fossil fuels. They also hosted an evening with several Humphrey fellows featuring tales of Climate Change and climate action in their home countries.

The Davis Futures Forum held four community forums with key note speakers: Building Sustainably: Ideas from our Canadian Neighbors (John Godden); City Planning for Healthier Communities (Richard Jackson), Davis 2060: Trees or Tucson? A Forestry Master Plan ( Jeremy Klemic, PLA, ASLA); Adapting to Climate Change: Lessons from France (Daniel Fauré and Yves Doligez)

Cool Cuisine launched its first Burger Battle taking place in March 2019 -- It was a terrific success with over participants. This year they are bringing the community a plant-based cooking class series with the Davis Food Coop.

The Davis Electric Vehicle Association met 6 times this year featuring many different speakers and cars at their bi-monthly events.
Their members worked with Cool Davis to organize monthly pop-ups at the Farmers Market and the annual National Drive Electric Week events.

Waterwise Davis held their annual Graywater workshop in July for residents interested in saving graywater to use in their home greenscape. They are looking forward to new water conservation activities in 2020.