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Sacramento Climate Action and adaptation Plan (CAaP)

Sacramento's first Climate Action Plan was adopted February 14, 2012.  It identified how the City and broader community can reduce Sacramento’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). The 2012 CAP included GHG reduction targets, strategies, and specific actions. It also identified strategies and specific actions that Sacramento can take to adapt to the effects of climate change.

The Sacramento Climate Action Plan was incorporated into the 2035 General Plan and adopted on March 3, 2015.

The 2035 General Plan is currently the City’s action plan for reducing greenhouse emissions and adapting to climate change.  The City of Sacramento is updating its Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) as a stand-alone document.  In addition to providing the City's strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and adapting to climate change impacts, it will also help address other City Council goals related to equity, workforce, and community livability as important co-benefits.  Sacramento City Council has committed to a goal of attaining carbon neutrality by 2045.  The CAAP will reflect primary recommendations from the Mayor's Commission on Climate Change.

The CAAP will meet the criteria for a "qualified GHG reduction plan."  Essentially, this means that the plan quantifies GHG emission reduction measures and provides substantial supporting evidence to show that it can achieve GHG emissions reductions based on the City's commitments.  As a qualified greenhouse gas reduction plan, the CAAP will provide important CEQA streamlining benefits for infill development.  By adopting a qualified GHG reduction plan, the City will provide new construction with a viable pathway through CEQA and ensure that new development will meet the long-term goals of the City in a cost-effective manner.


The development of the CAAP was driven by community input at various levels through multiple years of outreach and engagement which was conducted as part of the 2040 General Plan/Climate Action and Adaptation Plan Update.  Community engagement by the Mayors’ Commission on Climate Change was conducted in a parallel process, which has also helped to shape the CAAP. To help guide community input through the planning process, the goals associated with outreach and engagement were broken into four phases.

Phase 1: Issues/Opportunities:  The focus of the first phase of community outreach was on identifying and understanding the issues and opportunities that needed to be addressed in updating the General Plan and Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP).

Phase 2: Options and Alternatives: During the second phase of outreach, the project team engaged (mostly virtually) with the community to develop GHG reduction measures, a Draft Land Use Map, Proposed Roadway Changes, and Key Strategies that are responsive to challenges in the coming years and implement the adopted 2040 Vision and Guiding Principles.

Phase 3: Draft Plan Preparation:  Release for public review the Draft Climate Action and Adaptation Plan and draft 2040 General Plan.

Phase 4: Final Plan Adoption:  Gain decision-maker support and approval for the 2040 General Plan/Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.

In order to reach a wide audience from all parts of Sacramento’s diverse community, the City employed a suite of outreach and engagement strategies. These included multiple iterations of in person workshops, pop-up events, working groups, virtual workshops, and a scientific survey. Of these many and varied events, the primary outreach events which provided feedback specific to the CAAP were the citywide workshops, youth engagement and workshops, environmental justice working group, interest-based focus groups, and scientific surveys.


Summary of Draft Climate Action and Adaptation Plan 

2035 General Plan

Appendix B (2035 General Plan)– General Plan Policies Addressing Climate Change 


Mayors' Commission on Climate Change Final Report


Staff Reports

Report to City Council, Declaration of Climate Emergency December 10, 2019

Report to Planning & Design Commission, August 13, 2020