Environmental Incentives
Environmental Incentives

New White Paper Highlights Benefits of Stacked Incentive Programs for Water Management

A water-smart garden in San Diego. Photo from San Diego County Water Authority.
A water-smart garden in San Diego. Photo from San Diego County Water Authority.

The Pacific Institute recently published Stacked Incentives: Co-Funding Water Customer Incentive Programs, outlining how water utilities, municipalities, and other stakeholders can build collaborative partnerships to incentivize water-smart actions on public and private properties. Stacked incentives are customer incentive programs that are co-funded by two or more entities and achieve multiple benefits for customers and communities. The report finds that these programs can help water, wastewater, and stormwater managers increase the funding pool for program delivery and scaling, reduce customer frustration over dispersed processes, and improve program participation. A key finding of the report is that in nearly all successful stacked incentive efforts, third-party coordinators help support program development, coordination, and delivery.  

Environmental Incentives’ current work with the County of San Diego, San Diego County Water Authority and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to stack rebates to reduce water use and runoff is highlighted as a key case study in the report. This partnership will help funding from each agency go farther, enhance program capacity through marketing and technical support, and increase program benefits through more attractive incentives.  

Pacific Institute will host a webinar  on June 29th at 11a PT / 2p ET to share highlights from the report. The webinar will include guest speakers from City of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department and Environmental Incentives, who have helped launch innovative stacked incentive programs in Texas and California. Register for the webinar in advance here.  

For more information review EI’s Approach and our recent announcement about supporting County of San Diego to expand water quality rebates and incentives programs.