County staff is hard at work on a Communitywide Climate Action Plan (CAP) that aims to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare the county for climate-related impacts for decades to come.
The Sacramento County Office of Planning and Environmental Review expects the draft CAP will be available for public review sometime in February. A virtual public meeting is also in the works. You can be among the first to see it by signing up for email or text alerts.
Climate change is expected to affect the region in a variety of ways: Hotter temperatures and more extreme heat events; increased wildfire risks; unpredictable rainfall and flood; reduced snowpack and impacts to the water supply, among others.
As proposed, the Communitywide Climate Action Plan will serve as a policy and technical document that determines greenhouse gas reduction targets and proposes measures to reach those reductions.
“Our goal is to have an implementable community-wide plan that provides meaningful and equitable climate action, enhances resiliency and provides a transparent and public path for future plan performance and adaptive management,” said Principal Planner Todd Smith.
Following public review, staff hopes to get the revised plan before the Board of Supervisors by the summer of 2021.
The Board of Supervisors adopted the Climate Action Plan – Government Operations in 2012. This plan covered Sacramento County measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including converting the county’s light-duty vehicles fleet to hydrogen or hybrid fuel cell (electric) vehicles.
Presentations from past public workshops and Board of Supervisors meetings that give examples of some of the concepts under consideration are available on the Planning and Environmental Review website.
For questions about the CAP, email ClimateActionPlan@saccounty.net.
LAURIE SLOTHOWER, SACRAMENTO COUNTY PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE, 916-874-8899