Santa Clara hosting workshop on city’s Climate Action Plan

While COVID-19 has reduced local pollution in recent months, the threat of climate change still looms over the region. Long-term planning continues on this front, with City of Santa Clara officials now updating their Climate Action Plan.

The city is running an online survey to hear from residents about the plan’s priorities. That survey is running through 11 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, 2020. To participate, click here.

Work is ongoing to update the plan “to align with new State requirements and to assess the City’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,” according to the city.

“The [Climate Action Plan] will assess the impacts of state and local actions to reduce greenhouse gases that have been implemented and will identify further actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and enhance climate resiliency throughout the City,” a media release from the city said.

On Thursday, July 16, the city is hosting a virtual workshop for community participation. The event will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m., providing an opportunity for input on the plan’s strategy and goals.

To register for the Zoom-based event, click here.

Santa Clara established the current Climate Action Plan in 2013, aimed at “creating a more sustainable, healthy and livable community.” To read more about the city’s plan, click here.

In 2016, California’s Legislature passed SB32, requiring greenhouse-gas-emissions reductions of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. That doubled the previous 20-percent goal.