Jeff Caton, PE, LEED AP
As Principal Associate and ESA’s Director of Sustainable Communities, Jeff leads our sustainability practice, integrating climate change mitigation and adaptation into local and regional planning. Calling upon decades of planning, engineering, and business management experience, he has developed and managed sustainability and climate change initiatives through strategy and plan development, benchmarking, performance measurement, and stakeholder engagement.
Jeff is particularly adept at assessing environmental and sustainability performance and communicating that performance to stakeholders, as well as aligning sustainability goals with organizational strategy. He has managed the intricate process of developing Climate Action Plans (CAP), Sustainability Master Plans, and Climate Change Adaptation Plans, working with local government agencies to develop attainable goals and creating a set of toolsets that lead to healthier air, water, and communities.
He has experience with all aspects of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions management, including evaluation of carbon-related risks and opportunities, carbon footprint analysis, carbon market analysis, GHG inventory design and development, emissions quantification, reduction strategies, public reporting, and verification.
Jeff’s notable projects include his leadership in the development of CAPs for the cities of Riverside, Richmond, Pleasanton, Ukiah, Hughson, Oakdale, Delano, and Oxnard, as well as regional planning for multiple jurisdictions in Los Angeles, Riverside, and Kern counties .
Jeff is a registered Civil Engineer in the state of California, and sits on the Steering Committee of the STAR Community Rating System for community sustainability.