Climate Action Plan

The County is coordinating with other local agencies to develop a regional Climate Action Plan (CAP) to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions throughout Humboldt County. The plan will explore locally-oriented strategies to reduce emissions from vehicle travel, electricity consumption, natural gas use and other sources of GHGs.

  1. Upcoming Meetings
  2. Public Input Materials
  3. Greenhouse Gas Inventories
  4. Draft Policies
Climate Action Plan Meeting Schedule
When? Where? What?
Upcoming Meetings TBD                

What is a CAP?

A Climate Action Plan is a comprehensive road map that outlines the specific activities a local government will undertake to reduce GHG emissions within their jurisdiction. They typically include agency develops policies and programs to reduce emissions from transportation, building energy, solid waste, wastewater treatment and agriculture.

Why Develop a CAP?

The State of California requires local governments to assess and mitigate the GHG emissions associated with their major projects. CAPs have proven the most effective way to meet this requirement. To date, over 40% of cities and counties in California have created a GHG reduction plan.

The benefits to reducing emissions go beyond climate change. With this CAP, the County will work with residents to develop emissions reduction strategies that enhance our local economy, improve community health and build resilience to climate-related hazards.

A Regional CAP for Humboldt County

In early 2019, Humboldt County local governments decided to take a regional approach to climate action planning. The Regional CAP partnership consists of Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA), the County of Humboldt and the cities of Arcata, Eureka, Blue Lake, Ferndale, Fortuna, Rio Dell and Trinidad. Together, these local governments are working to develop strategies to reduce emissions throughout our region.

Humboldt County GHG Inventory

Redwood Coast Energy Authority conducted an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions in Humboldt County for the year 2015. The complete report on 2015 emissions, when completed, will be posted on their website. In the meantime, check the “Greenhouse Gas Inventories” tab above for an overview of the GHG inventory, targets and forecast for the Humboldt County CAP.  

Public Input Process

In the spring of 2019, the County hosted five public workshops to introduce the Climate Action Plan. Another round of workshops will be hosted in early 2020 to solicit input on draft CAP policies. Check the “CAP Meeting Schedule” tab above for up-to-date workshop announcements. The “Public Input” tab includes reports from public workshops and a link to the CAP survey. 

Previous CAP Meetings

  • Humboldt State University Climate Action Forum, 4/24/2019
  • Arcata Introductory CAP Workshop, 5/20/2019
  • Redway Introductory CAP Workshop, 6/04/2019
  • McKinleyville Introductory CAP Workshop, 6/12/2019
  • Willow Creek Introductory CAP Workshop, 6/18/2019
  • Eureka Introductory CAP Workshop, 1/15/2020

If you have any questions about the CAP or would like to sign up for regular email updates, email Connor McGuigan: cmcguigan1@co.humboldt.ca.us.