As part of a General Plan Amendment, the City added Conservation Element Implementation Action 5 (CE-IA-5) to the General Plan on November 17, 2009. This amendment calls for the development of a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan, referred to as the Climate Action Plan. CE-IA-5 lays out the required elements of the Plan. These elements include: an inventory of current Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in the City; a forecast of GHG emission in 2020 for City operation, which was done through the Energy Efficiency Action Plan; a GHG forecast in the area within the jurisdiction of the City for business-as-usual conditions; the identification of methods to reduce GHG emissions; the quantification of GHG reductions for identified reduction methods; the establishment of requirements for monitoring and reporting of GHG emissions; scheduling of implementation of reduction methods; the identification of funding sources for implementation; identification of a reduction goal for the 2030 planning horizon; and the consideration of a biological component.
Purpose and Need
The purpose of the Climate Action Plan is to identify a reasonable strategy to reduce GHG emissions within the City that is consistent with statewide GHG reductions goals described in California Assembly Bill (AB) 32. AB 32 established a statewide GHG reduction goal of returning emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
Funding for this project comes from the City’s General Fund.
The City is currently developing the Draft Climate Action Plan for public review. Staff presented a Climate Action Plan update to the City Planning Commission on January 13, 2014. Materials from that presentation are linked below along with materials from two public workshops hosted at City Hall in the Fall of 2013.
Materials from Workshop #1 (September 19, 2013):
Materials from Workshop #2 (November 21, 2013)
Materials from Planning Commission (January 14, 2014)