Climate Action

Latest News: Draft Climate Action Plan and Environmental Review

The initial draft Climate Action Plan (CAP) and appendices were presented to City Council on June 28, 2017.  Public comments were received on the draft CAP between June 29, 2017 and July 18, 2017.  Public comments were considered and incorporated into an updated version of the draft CAP and appendices. An Environmental Initial Study was prepared for the draft CAP which determined that no significant adverse environmental impacts would result from the proposed project.  Therefore, a Negative Declaration was prepared and is recommended for adoption.  The draft Negative Declaration is available for public review from September 29, 2017 to October 19, 2017.  The notice regarding the public review period, along with the draft CEQA documents and updated draft CAP, can be found here

What is 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.

Climate Action Plan Update

The City is undergoing an update to the 2011 Climate Action Plan (CAP).  Since the adoption of the first CAP, 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 CAP 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 California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) qualified and will satisfy the CEQA requirements for greenhouse gas impact analysis for new development.  City staff continues to provided monthly progress reports to the Environmental Commission at their regular monthly meetings.  

To get on the notification list for the Climate Action Plan update, go here.

2011 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.

Climate Adaptation

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.

To learn more about climate change and the City’s 2011 Climate Action Plan click on "Find Out" in the image below:

Additional  Resources
Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI)
San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative
California Climate Strategy
United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration  (NASA)


Contact: CAP Program Administrator, Crystal Najera, 760-943-2285


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