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City Kicks Off Climate Action Plan Update with Public Workshops

Post Date:05/13/2019 9:00 AM

The City of San Luis Obispo is committed to addressing the climate crisis and work is underway to update the Climate Action Plan. In 2018, City Council directed City staff to develop a plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035. This effort is the most ambitious in the nation and requires collaboration between the City, community members, and local business. Over the coming months the City, will hold a series of speaker events and workshops to collect community input to update the Climate Action Plan.

The first community workshop is Thursday, May 16 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the City/County Library. Community members can share things they are currently doing to reduce carbon emissions and goals for the future. This summer there will be additional workshops and surveys ahead of council’s review of the plan in the fall.

There are five areas of focus in achieving carbon neutrality, and the updated Climate Action Plan will identify solutions and provide guidelines for the following:

  • Green Energy
  • Active and Clean Transportation
  • Green Buildings
  • Zero Waste
  • Open Space (Sequestration)

The City’s original Climate Action Plan was adopted in 2012. Since 2005, the City has reduced emissions by ten percent, with a goal of reducing by a total of fifteen percent by the year 2020. Last year, then-Governor Jerry Brown announced a statewide executive order for California to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045. 

To learn more and to sign up for notifications in this Climate Action Plan update process, please visit the City’s website.

CONTACT: Chris Read, Sustainability Manager
cread@slocity.org