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Climate Action Plan Survey

We want to hear from you!  Please help establish Santa Clara’s CAP priorities by completing the Climate Action Plan Survey. The survey has been extended and is now available through July 16, 2020.

Virtual Community Workshop

You are invited to provide input on climate action goals, strategies, and priorities at our virtual Community Workshop on Thursday, July 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Registration is required for this workshop. Join us on Zoom to learn more about what you and the City can do to create a greener Santa Clara!

Climate Action Plan

The Climate Action Plan (CAP) defines the City of Santa Clara's path toward creating a more sustainable, healthy and livable community. The strategies outlined in the CAP will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and provide energy, fuel and monetary savings while improving quality of life for the Santa Clara community.

The City Council adopted the current Climate Action Plan on December 3, 2013 and included it as part of Appendix 8.13 of the General PlanIn early 2020 the City selected a consultant to update the Plan and the process is now underway.

Climate Action Plan Update

The City of Santa Clara is updating its current Climate  Action Plan (CAP) to align with new State requirements and to assess the City’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The CAP will assess the impacts of state and local actions that have been implemented to reduce greenhouse gases and will identify additional actions to further reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and enhance climate resiliency throughout the City.

A consultant team headed by Cascadia Consulting Group has been engaged to support the City in the updating the Climate Action Plan.

Community Engagement

The City and the Consultant team developed a community engagement strategy to ensure that citizens and stakeholders participate throughout the Climate Action Plan Update process. Outlined below are the engagement activities that have occurred since the start of the planning process.

  • Focus Group Interviews
  • Online Survey available through July 16, 2020
  • Virtual Community Workshop Registration is required for this workshop. Join us on Zoom to learn more about what you and the City can do to create a greener Santa Clara!

New and upcoming engagement activities will be posted on this page as they are scheduled.

New Laws and Requirements

In 2016, the State Legislature passed SB32, which codifies a 2030 GHG emissions reduction target of 40 percent below 1990 levels (where the previous requirement was 20 percent below 1990 levels). In line with new state requirements, the City anticipates the following updates to the CAP:

  • The City of Santa Clara's current progress towards meeting state GHG emission targets;
  • An assessment of state and local activities that have been implemented so far to reduce emissions and quantification of the net benefit of these actions to the CAP;
  • Identification of further actions the City can undertake to further reduce GHG emissions and meet new targets; and
  • Implementation strategies for meeting new targets.

How Can I Learn More?

There will be a number of opportunities to get involved and talk with staff working on this update. Please contact the Project Manager, Nimisha Agrawal, for more information on the project.  

Nimisha Agrawal, Associate Planner

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