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Policy

 

The City of Sacramento has a long-standing commitment to both reducing GHG emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change. Several key plans shape the City’s approach to climate change mitigation and adaptation. 


In 2010, the City completed its first Climate Action Plan for Internal Operations and set the goal of reducing GHG emissions from municipal operations to 22% below 2005 levels by 2020. The City has exceeded this target, achieving a 28% reduction in municipal GHG emissions since 2005, as documented in a background report for the 2040 General Plan update.

 

In 2012, the City adopted its first community-wide Climate Action Plan and targeted reducing community GHG emissions to 15% below 2005 levels by 2020. This target has also been exceeded, with attainment of a 19% reduction below 2005 levels. 

 

With the adoption of the 2035 General Plan in 2015, the City incorporated an updated community Climate Action Plan into the General Plan. In addition to the existing 2020 GHG emission reduction goals, the General Plan set targets for 2035 and 2050:

  • Environmental Resources Policy 6.1.5: The City shall reduce community GHG emissions by 15% below 2005 baseline levels by 2020, and strive to reduce community emissions by 49% percent and 83% by 2035 and 2050, respectively.
  • Environmental Resources Policy 6.1.6: The City shall maintain and implement its Phase 1 Climate Action Plan to reduce municipal GHG emissions by 22% below 2005 baseline level by 2020, and strive to reduce municipal emissions by 49% and 83% by 2035 and 2050, respectively.

In 2016, the City updated the Climate Action Plan for Internal Operations and adopted a new target for municipal GHG emissions, 33% below 2005 levels by 2020. The City achieved the previous municipal GHG emissions reduction goal (22% below 2005 levels by 2020) seven years early.

Mayors’ Commission on Climate Change

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and former West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon convened the Mayors’ Commission on Climate Change (MCCC) in 2018. The mayors tasked the MCCC with developing a common vision and set of strategies for both cities to reach carbon zero by 2045.

The MCCC was comprised of local and regional leaders representing community-based organizations, public agencies, businesses, and academia. In June 2020, the MCCC released its final report, recommending climate action strategies and targets for the built environment, mobility, and community health and resiliency.

The City Council embraced the MCCC’s recommendations and prioritized urgent climate change mitigation and adaptation for the City, prioritizing several key recommendations of the MCCC (Motion No. 2020-0266).

In 2019, the City Council declared a climate emergency and committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2045 (Resolution No. 2019-0465). This declaration built on the City’s first climate action plans and 2035 General Plan. Specifically, the Resolution committed to advance feasible efforts to implement carbon reductions as much as possible by 2030. The Resolution also committed to present the City’s plan to “achieve carbon neutrality by 2045 and emergency actions needed towards emissions elimination by 2030” in the 2040 General Plan and Climate Action Plan.

 

Climate Work Plan

 

In late 2020, City Council elevated Sacramento’s climate efforts. The City Manager has since established the Office of Climate Action and Sustainability (OCAS). Key efforts the Office supports are identified in the 2021 Climate Implementation Work Plan. City Council allocated $4.4 million to implement priority tasks identified in the 2021 Climate Implementation Work Plan. The City Manager has since established the Office of Climate Action and Sustainability.

 

  • 2021 Quarter 1 – Climate Work Plan Status by Task
  • 2021 Quarter 2 – Climate Work Plan Status by Task
  • 2021 Quarter 3 – Climate Work Plan Status by Task
  • 2021 Quarter 4 – Climate Work Plan Status by Task
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    Other Key Planning Efforts 

     

    Now, the City is developing the 2040 General Plan and Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. In 2019, City Council adopted the General Plan Vision and Guiding Principles (Resolution No. 2019-0433). The Vision and Guiding Principles reaffirm the City’s commitment to “take bold action to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045 and become a leading voice in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.” To achieve this vision, the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan will establish updated GHG emission goals and emissions reduction actions for the City. The General Plan will contain applicable regulatory and supporting policies. As part of this process, the City completed a Community-wide GHG Inventory and a Municipal GHG Inventory for 2016. 

     

    In addition, several other City plans support implementation of the City’s climate action goals. These include the Urban Forest Master Plan, Transportation Priorities Plan, and Parks Master Plan