Climate Action Plan Update
The City is undergoing an update to the Climate Action Plan. Since the adoption of the 2011 Climate Action Plan, new methods for calculating GHG emissions and projecting future emissions have been developed. In addition, advances in technology and public policy offer greater options for innovative GHG reduction strategies. The City’s new Climate Action Plan will differ from the 2011 plan in that it will be a goal-oriented plan. In the new plan, the City will commit to implementing specific programs and projects aimed at reducing and mitigating the impacts of GHG emitting activities by targeted dates. The new plan will be CEQA qualified and will satisfy the CEQA requirements for greenhouse gas impact analysis for new development.
Two public workshops were held on Feb. 21 and Mar. 1, 2017 to obtain input from residents and businesses on the update of the City’s Climate Action Plan. Also on Feb. 21, a PlaceSpeak topic and survey were posted to gather public input using an online platform. The opportunity to participate in the PlaceSpeak survey ended on April 14. All public comments are being reviewed and considered for inclusion in the updated Climate Action Plan. A summary report of all the public input received will be included as an appendix to the Climate Action Plan.
City staff continues to provided monthly progress reports to the Environmental Commission at their regular monthly meetings. An additional workshop will be held once a draft of the updated CAP is available for review.
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Background: Climate Change
Over the past several decades, climate scientists have observed Earth’s temperature warming and global mean sea levels rising. The consensus among US and international scientists is that this accelerated climate change is due to increases in human-caused greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the last century. If left unchecked, GHG emissions have the potential to cause widespread environmental and economic impacts, including increased intensity of storms, coastal erosion, longer droughts, and impacts to the global food system.
Encinitas Climate Action Plan
Recognizing the important role that cities will play in the transition to a low-emission economy, the City of Encinitas adopted a Climate Action Plan (CAP) in 2011. The CAP established an inventory of baseline greenhouse emissions, set GHG emissions reduction targets, and provides a roadmap for achieving GHG emissions targets through various municipal and community-based strategies. The City’s CAP is a proactive step toward addressing global climate change through local actions, with a focus on promoting alternative transportation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and adaptation measures.
As a coastal community, it is of particular importance to understand the potential impacts of climate change. Sea level rise, in combination with stronger storms, could cause significant coastal erosion and damage to our beaches, bluffs and coastal infrastructure. The City of Encinitas' Shoreline Management Program focuses on the protection and enhancement of the City’s coastline and will adapt to address the effects of climate change.
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Climate Change Resources
San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative
San Diego Foundation/Climate
ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA
United States Environmental Protection Agency/Climate Change
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration/Climate
NASA Global Climate Change
Contact: CAP Program Administrator, Crystal Najera, 760-943-2285