City of Pleasanton Adopts Climate Action Plan
Last night the City of Pleasanton officially adopted their Climate Action Plan – an accomplishment that marks the City’s commitment to sustainability and reducing community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 15% below 2005 levels by 2020. The Climate Action Plan, developed by ESA in close coordination with the City and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), meets the requirements for a “Qualified Greenhouse Reduction Plan” as specified by BAAQMD’s recently adopted CEQA guidelines. This is a milestone that will facilitate efforts by residents, businesses, and the local government to reduce GHG emissions and prepare for expected changes to the local climate. Completion of the Plan helps the City settle two lawsuits related to their recent General Plan Update. Above all, it serves to ensure that the City continues on its path as a sustainable and vibrant community!
“The City of Pleasanton undertook a monumental task to develop a Climate Action Plan that would be supported by local residents and businesses, and still meet the vigorous requirements necessary for a qualified plan,” noted Laura Ryan, Energy and Sustainability Manager for the City, “ESA not only possessed the technical experience and business acumen needed to develop an incredibly comprehensive plan, it was able to successfully engage the community and regulatory stakeholders in a meaningful and collaborative fashion. ESA was not just our consultant; its staff was with us every step of the way, providing sound technical advice and mentoring. We are delighted with the results, and we look forward to the opportunity to partner with ESA in the future.”
The Pleasanton Climate Action Plan includes an inventory of communitywide GHG emissions, a future reduction target, and emissions reduction measures prioritized by cost and effectiveness in meeting the target. Reduction measures include programs to improve energy efficiency and conservation, reduce solid waste, promote more sustainable land use and transportation patterns, and engage with the community to encourage more sustainable practices. A chapter dedicated to adaptation outlines what the City can do now to increase its resilience to projected changes in the local climate.
Congratulations to the City of Pleasanton on this achievement!
For more information about this project or ESA's climate action planning services, contact ESA's Renewable Resources Director, jcaton [at] esassoc [dot] com (Jeff Caton) at 415.896.5900.