Jeff Caton, PE, LEED AP
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.

June 18, 2018

Working Toward Climate Justice in the Gateway Cities

Across the spectrum of climate hazards the impacts of climate change will fall hardest on those who are historically over-burdened and most susceptible, including the elderly, infants and children; people and communities of color; and people living in poverty.

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September 18, 2017

A Public Health Framework for Mitigating Climate Change

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Although global warming may bring some localized benefits, such as fewer winter deaths in temperate climates and increased food production in certain areas, the overall health effects of a changing climate are likely to be overwhelmingly negative.”

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March 4, 2015

Can We Even Begin To Imagine What Our Cities Will Look Like In The Year 2050?

Cities are indeed where the action is: for the first time in history, the majority of the world’s population lives in cities; by 2050 66% of us will be urban dwellers as the global population swells to more than 9 billion.

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