Climate Action Plan
About the Climate Action Plan and Qualified Greenhouse Gas Emissions Strategy:
A Climate Action Plan (CAP) is a strategic planning document that identifies how the City can achieve the greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets contained in the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32). Specifically, a CAP identifies ways in which the community and City can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide guidance for adapting to the anticipated effects of climate change. Looking at five key sectors— energy use, vehicle miles, waste production, water usage, and off-road activities—the CAP will incorporate best practices with public input to produce a blueprint for achieving GHG emissions reduction in Milpitas and ultimately, to comply with AB 32 and SB 375.
Why Develop a Climate Action Plan?
The City’s Climate Action Plan is a tool that will allow for expedited review of GHG emissions of future development projects. The Climate Action Plan will streamline the development process by meeting the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s requirements for a Qualified GHG Reduction Strategy. The Climate Action Plan will also support the goals and policies of AB 32 –The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.
What Will the CAP Address?
The CAP will analyze GHG emissions within the community for the baseline year of 2005. From these baseline emissions levels, the City will create an estimate of year 2020 and year 2035 emissions levels based on anticipated population and employment growth, which will help identify sectors that require the most attention in the Climate Action Plan.
How Will It Be Implemented?
The City will implement the CAP through a variety of programs and with public involvement. The Milpitas community will collectively play a role in achieving the goals of the CAP and, in turn, a sustainable future. Throughout the public engagement process of the CAP, the City will identify and promote the most effective ways to reduce GHG emissions within the community.
Funding For Project:
The City received a grant through the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Community Design and Transportation Program for up to $57,500 with Milpitas contributing $42,500 towards the project. The project is included in the City’s Capital Improvement Project program with a budget of $100,000.
Project Updates & Upcoming Workshops:
August 24, 2011 Work Session:
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April 10, 2013 – 7:00 PM Planning Commission Meeting
May 7, 2013 – 7:00 PM City Council Meeting