Climate Action Plan Update
The City of Livermore is committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of Livermore community. The City is updating its Climate Action Plan (CAP) to address the ongoing challenges and opportunities presented by climate change. The updated CAP will create a roadmap to achieve carbon neutrality (also known as net zero carbon emissions) by 2045. It will also include adaptation and resiliency strategies to prepare Livermore for a changing climate. The CAP update began in early 2020 and will finish when the Livermore City Council adopts the plan in Fall 2021.
The City is building from a strong foundation in the existing Climate Action Plan, but it needs your help to choose the best actions for a healthy and resilient future. Livermore can only reach its climate action goals if everyone plays a role!
Updating the Climate Action Plan involves the following major steps:
1. Establish a Climate Action Plan Advisory Committee made up of Livermore residents
2. Determine the sources of greenhouse gas emissions in Livermore and establish new reduction goals
3. Assess the potential impacts that climate change will have on Livermore
4. Identify strategies to achieve our reduction goal and prepare Livermore for the impacts of climate change
5. Outline the steps necessary to fund and implement the strategies
6. Engage the community and stakeholders to get input on the plan
7. Finalize the 2020 Climate Action Plan for City Council adoption
What Does a Carbon Neutral Livermore Look Like?
A carbon neutral future is one where our greenhouse gas emissions are nearly zero. To reduce emissions, life might begin to look something like this: Livermore residents will use buildings and appliances powered by renewable energy like solar and wind power, instead of fossil fuels like natural gas. They will walk, bike, and use public transit and electric cars to get around. There will be new areas with homes and businesses along the same streets, so their errands will be easy to travel to. People will reuse and share their tools, containers, and other items. Remaining emissions will be balanced out by techniques to remove carbon from the air and store it, including planting new trees along city streets, managing water and soil in public lands, and exploring new technologies.
Some State legislation already supports these goals. One example is Senate Bill 100, which requires all electricity sold in California to be 100% carbon free by 2045.
ONLINE OPEN HOUSE
Welcome to the Livermore 2020 Climate Action Plan Online Open House!
Due to the pandemic, we are hosting the open house for the 2020 Climate Action Plan online. We want all members of the community to have the opportunity to play an active role in the Plan. Your participation in the open house is valued and appreciated. The project team will use the feedback you provide during this open house to develop strategies to help Livermore reduce emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change.
Read each section to learn more about addressing climate change in Livermore, respond to the questions, and leave comments. The City hosted a live Open House Zoom event on January 28th. If you missed the Zoom event, a recording will be available on the events page soon.