The City of Pleasanton’s Council approved 2019-2020 Work Plan includes preparation of an updated Climate Action Plan (CAP 2.0). The City’s original CAP was adopted in 2012 and outlines local actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, enhance environmental sustainability, and prepare for climate change.
The effects of climate change have been extensively studied and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research notes that extreme events caused by increasing global temperatures have far-reaching consequences. Californians particularly face such consequences, including more frequent and higher intensity heat waves and wildfires, rising sea level, and declining snowpack. Since Pleasanton’s original CAP was adopted, a multitude of strategies to monitor and address climate change have emerged at the international, federal, and state level.
The State of California has adopted many of these strategies through legislation to regulate GHG emissions through voluntary and mandatory efforts. Recent legislation signed into law, Assembly Bill 32 and Executive Order S-3-05, has established statewide GHG emission reduction targets of 40-percent below 1990 emission levels by 2030 and 80-percent below 1990 emission levels by 2050. While climate change is a global issue, actions taken at the local level can collectively have a meaningful impact on reducing GHG emissions.
As with Pleasanton’s 2012 Climate Action Plan, CAP 2.0 will continue to respond to the impacts of climate change through local actions that promote adaptation and resilience by significantly reducing the City’s greenhouse gas emissions. Accounting for new state laws, the policy focus for CAP 2.0 will be to close the gap between GHG emission reduction targets and Pleasanton’s projected emissions.
Current Project Status
The City is committed to protecting the health of its community and effective March 14, the City closed all non-essential City facilities and programs and suspended City government meetings. The State of California’s Shelter in Place Order went into effect on Thursday, March 19, 2020 and remains in place until further notice. As such, the City will not be holding public meetings to discus CAP 2.0 at this time. While in-person community outreach for the project is postponed until further notice, there will be virtual engagement opportunities. Please follow the City’s homepage for the latest COVID-19 updates.