Fully funded through grants secured by Santa Clara County, the City has an opportunity to develop a Climate Action Plan (CAP) as part of a collaborative effort with six other local agencies. While we have a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program (GGRP) that mitigates the environmental impacts of the General Plan for CEQA compliance, and itself establishes per-capita GHG reduction targets for 2020 and 2030, the City currently lacks a plan for reaching the 2015, 2020, and 2050 voluntary but absolute GHG reduction targets set by Council in late 2009 and early 2010. Thus, developing a CAP would provide a roadmap, or “menu of options,” for reaching our absolute targets, should the Council decide it wants to begin moving in that direction.
In addition, the City currently has numerous documents/plans guiding its sustainability activities (e.g. ESAP-2, General Plan Action Plan, GGRP), with different authors, focus areas, timelines, update cycles, etc., so developing a CAP would enable the City to consolidate its sustainability activities into an over-arching, long-term focused plan.
If you can spare a few minutes the evening of February 12th, consider attending the meeting and making any relevant remarks. Showing up at Council meetings REALLY does make a difference!