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. The City achieved 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.
In March 2019, the City Council declared a Climate Emergency recognizing the “existential crisis” our city faces from sea-level rise.
With the adoption of its Climate Action and Resiliency Plan in 2019, Alameda has set an ambitious goal of reducing emissions by 50% below 2005 levels by 2030 and becoming carbon neutral as soon as possible.
Keep up to date on the progress Alameda is making on its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals through the Climate Action and Resiliency Plan Dashboard.
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.
The City Council held a preliminary public hearing on the Draft Climate Action and Resiliency Plan and Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration and is scheduled to consider adoption of the Plan on September 3, 2019.
The Presentation and Draft Plan are available here.