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Climate Action Plans: Local Examples


View examples of local climate action plans from California cities and counties that participate in the Beacon Program


California Climate Action Portal Map

The California Climate Action Portal Map (CAP-Map) is an open data tool developed by the California Air Resources Board to recognize local government climate action planning efforts across the state and to aggregate creative planning ideas for tackling climate change. Quickly access the climate action planning details of local jurisdictions including links to climate plans created, greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory information, GHG reduction targets, the local strategies planned to meet these targets and more. 


Town of Atherton Climate Action Plan

Atherton’s Climate Action Plan addresses extreme weather events, such as sea level rise and decreased fresh water supply. The town publicly tracks and shares progress toward emissions reductions goals through the San Mateo County Regional Climate Action Planning Suite (RICAPS) program.


City of Carlsbad Climate Action Plan

The Carlsbad Climate Action Plan provides a set of measures to reach an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gases from 2020 emissions by 2050.

As part of the CAP, Carlsbad adopted Electrification Reach Codes exceeding minimum state standards related to energy efficiency, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, heat pump water heaters and solar thermal water heating in new residential construction.


City of Carson Climate Action Plan

The City of Carson’s Climate Action Plan features innovative Land Use and Transportation (LUT) strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city and across the South Bay. 

Developed over 12 years of extensive field research on mobility, zero emission vehicles and destinations, these LUT strategies focus on multi-modal mobility, neighborhood centers, and mixed use planning to reduce greenhouse gas emissions the housing dense and transit poor South Bay region.


City of Del Mar Climate Action Plan

The Del Mar Climate Action Plan includes commitment to 100% clean energy, with an emphasis on social equity and green jobs. A chapter of the CAP is dedicated to adaptation strategies in six vulnerable sectors: Public Health & Safety, Water Availability, Coastal Flooding, Wildfire, Natural Systems & Wildlife and Electrical Demand.

Del Mar participates in the Clean Energy Alliance Community Choice Energy program together with Carlsbad and Solana Beach.


City of Encinitas Climate Action Plan

The Encinitas CEQA-Qualified Climate Action Plan establishes emissions reduction targets consistent with State guidelines and commits to achieving 100% renewable energy supply in homes and businesses. 


City of Gonzales Climate Action Plan

The Gonzales Climate Action Plan (CAP) is a product of the “Gonzales Grows Green” Sustainable Community Initiative (G3 Initiative), an outgrowth of the City’s Vision Statement adopted in 2005. The CAP incorporates agriculture-related emissions and mitigation measures that feature the installation of solar photovoltaic systems at wineries and the agricultural industry center. 


City of La Mesa Climate Action Plan

The La Mesa Climate Action Plan presents goals, principles, and strategies for reducing the city’s greenhouse gas emissions 53% from 2010 levels by 2035.

Together with Encinitas, Imperial Beach and San Diego, La Mesa established San Diego Community Power. This Community Choice energy program features a commitment to 100% clean energy by 2035.


City of Mill Valley Climate Action Plan

Mill Valley’s Climate Action Plan includes a focus on mitigation and adaptation strategies to reduce emissions and build community resilience through zero waste programs, multi-modal mobility options and sea level rise scenario planning.


City of Palo Alto Sustainability and Climate Action Plan

The Palo Alto Sustainability and Climate Action Plan Framework is the city’s ambitious plan to create a prosperous, resilient city for all community members.  The S/CAP features a roadmap for achieving carbon neutrality through such strategies as advancing smart grids, pursuing zero waste and a circular economy, partnering with the community and maximizing carbon sequestration and storage in the natural environment.


City of Richmond Climate Action Plan

Richmond’s Climate Action Plan provides a framework of policies and programs to reduce emissions that were evaluated using a broad set of criteria, including public health and local economic benefits, equity, availability of funding and the ability to track and measure effectiveness.


City of San Anselmo Climate Action Plan

San Anselmo’s Climate Action Plan establishes a goal of community-scale carbon neutrality by no later than 2045 with strategies focusing on electrification, mobility and connectivity, restorative ecology, climate adaptation and resilience and more.


City of San Diego Climate Action Plan

San Diego’s Climate Action Plan: Our Climate, Our Future commits to 100% clean energy by 2035 in addition to the following targets: 50% of commutes in urban areas via transit, walking, and biking; 35% tree coverage throughout the city; and 90% waste reduction (Zero Waste by 2040)


City of San Mateo Climate Action Plan

San Mateo’s Climate Action Plan establishes targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions consistent with statewide levels through strategies such as encouraging all-electric new construction, transportation demand management and building resilience to grid failures through distributed energy resources.

The CAP identifies measures that promote equity, enhance the local economy and improves public health as key co-benefits.


City of San Rafael Climate Action Plan

The San Rafael Climate Action Plan incorporates programs and projects to enhance the opportunity for equity and prosperity in the community through a variety of strategies ranging from low carbon transportation to green and healthy homes and more.


City of Santa Monica Climate Action and Adaptation Plan

A framework for reducing emissions and enhancing climate and community resilience, the Santa Monica Climate Action and Adaptation Plan establishes an interim goal of reducing carbon emissions 80% below 1990 levels by 2030 and a long term goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.

The policies outlines in the CAAP will use an equity lens to ensure just distribution of the benefits while addressing unequal burdens from climate change. 

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