CASA was formed in 2008 to help the City implement its original Local Action Plan for Climate Protection. The City’s original goal was to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% below 2005 levels by 2020. Based on the most recent greenhouse gas emissions inventory, the City is expected to achieve an 18% reduction by 2020. In 2017, CASA requested that the City initiate a new planning process to update its Climate Action Plan and identify new policies and programs to achieve the goals of the original plan to set new goals for 2030 and 2050.

 

Alamedan’s are already doing a pretty good job of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We currently generate 5.3 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e) per person per year. That’s much better than the national average of 20.4 MTCO2e per capita, but still above the 2 MTCO2e per capita needed to reach the greenhouse gas emissions reductions anticipated in the Paris Climate Accords.

The City of Alameda has embarked on a new planning process to prepare both an update to its Climate Action Plan and a Climate Adaption Plan to address the impacts of sea level rise. As an island city, Alameda is particularly vulnerable to sea level rise.

CASA will be a partner with the City as it develops its Climate Action Plan update over the next several months through June 2019. The City will host several community workshops and listening sessions and CASA will also host additional forums and events. You can track the City’s progress through the project website and sign up with CASA for updates and alerts.