Climate Action Plan

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In response to the climate emergency, the County is developing a Climate Action Plan (CAP) to implement bold climate actions that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The CAP outlines actions, also referred to as measures, to meet State targets and achieve a goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2035-2045. The CAP and associated goals apply to the unincorporated areas of the county and County operations.

CAP measures will also provide important benefits to the environment and our residents. Benefits may include preserving the environment, reducing health disparities, increasing access to green careers, improving quality of life, and advancing environmental and social justice. Community input has been vital to the County's efforts to develop the CAP to date, and we want that to continue.

Draft CAP Public Review

The Draft CAP and Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) were available for public review for 71-days from October 26, 2023 - January 5, 2024. The Draft CAP and its appendices are available for review below. Visit the Draft SEIR webpage to view the environmental documents.

How can you participate in the process of developing the CAP?

  • Stay informed by reviewing information on this site
  • Share the information with others
  • Participate in the engagement tools on this site
  • Contribute to conversations at future public workshops
  • Speak up! Don’t hesitate to ask questions!

In response to the climate emergency, the County is developing a Climate Action Plan (CAP) to implement bold climate actions that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The CAP outlines actions, also referred to as measures, to meet State targets and achieve a goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2035-2045. The CAP and associated goals apply to the unincorporated areas of the county and County operations.

CAP measures will also provide important benefits to the environment and our residents. Benefits may include preserving the environment, reducing health disparities, increasing access to green careers, improving quality of life, and advancing environmental and social justice. Community input has been vital to the County's efforts to develop the CAP to date, and we want that to continue.

Draft CAP Public Review

The Draft CAP and Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) were available for public review for 71-days from October 26, 2023 - January 5, 2024. The Draft CAP and its appendices are available for review below. Visit the Draft SEIR webpage to view the environmental documents.

How can you participate in the process of developing the CAP?

  • Stay informed by reviewing information on this site
  • Share the information with others
  • Participate in the engagement tools on this site
  • Contribute to conversations at future public workshops
  • Speak up! Don’t hesitate to ask questions!

Have a question about the Climate Action Plan?

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    Hello. Is there way to get all county government buildings to have a digester for it's cafeteria? All the food waste would be converted into compostable biomass immediately. This could then be used for fertilizer to county land and parks.

    Jmac asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your question. All County facilities are complying with SB 1383 which includes the collection and recycling of organic materials. Onsite food waste is processed through an anerobic digester and the County is also actively procuring compost for application on County parks.

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    Hello, I put some ideas up, but figured I would pose them as questions as well. 1. Cost benefit analysis - are you showing tangible #s on the specific, actionable ideas that are proposed within the Climate Action Plan? Unfortunately, many people will continue to rail against climate change efforts unless the economic benefits actually hit their pockets. You have to show them the money. IE - cost savings on water by installing grey water system and/or rain catch; cost savings on fertilizer by composting; cost savings on an EV versus gas car; solar cost savings; etc. 2. Carbon Credit Program - perhaps a county sponsored carbon credit program? Financially incentivizing all of these private landowners in north and east county with numerous acres to plant greenery that we would sequester carbon. Many of these parcels are desolate with little to no vegetation. Unfortunately, the social and environmental impact, however beneficial it might be, does not resonate with many people. You have to hit their pocket books for them to engage. They view these climate change measures and efforts as an inconvenience and/or Government overreach. But show them money, and they'll likely change their tune.

    Jmac asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your question and compiling  your ideas and suggestions here. 1. We are preparing multiple cost analyses including a cost effectiveness and disproportional cost analysis that will look at how the CAP measures might impact different communities and ways the County can reduce cost impacts and increase cost savings. 2. We are in the process of developing a Climate Smart Land Stewardship Program that will incentivize local agricultural producers to voluntarily implement different farming techniques that increase the amount of carbon stored in their soil and plants. We're also developing a tree planting program which will incentivize tree planting on private properties.

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    Forgive me - but what is the specific "Climate Emergency" that we are responding to? Are we thinking the long touted sea level rise will develop within the next century? That the exclusion of Natural Gas on a county residential scale does any good for anything except Public relations? That Fusion Power will fill the shortfall of electric generation from Natural Gas? Will SDG&E still be buying power on the exchange that might be from coal fired plants out of state? Will our grid support charging EV's at home in the Summer?

    Dean asked 7 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The CAP has the potential to positively impact our communities through investments that improve public health, increase energy reliability, and increase workforce training, among others.

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    You do know there is no climate emergency…..right ? More scare tactics to ruin everyone way of life..

    Warfield asked 7 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The CAP has the potential to positively impact our communities through investments that improve public health, increase energy reliability, and increase workforce training, among others.

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    I don't see in the CAP attention to prevention of wildfires, which release carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and other greenhouse gases (GHG). Many of us live in wildfire zones and we don't see adequate attention to prevention in our areas. It's impossible to get SDGE to attend to wood poles in dry canyon areas near our homes. It's hard to get neighbors to do adequate weed abatement and suppression of flammable invasive plants like fountain grass. Where in this massive Website do I find attention to wildfires?

    GLORIA asked 7 months ago

    Thank you for your question. As part of the CAP Update, we are analyzing existing and future carbon stock and storage rates in the unincorporated area. This storage inventory will help staff to evaluate where there are opportunities to increase sequestration through improved agricultural practices, habitat restoration, and tree planting efforts, etc., to improve land management practices and reduce wildfire risk.

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    As a greenhouse owner, Booman Floral, I understand we are either carbon neutral or carbon negative, as we grow plants with the natural gas we use in winter. Will we be able to continue to use natural gas without penalty financially?

    JB asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for your question, we are considering measures to incentivize a voluntary transition for existing development from natural gas to electrification.

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