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, livestock, electricity consumption and other sources of GHGs.
Humboldt County residents have an opportunity to inform how their local governments address climate change in this plan. Please help the County best fit the priorities for this project to the community’s needs and interests by completing our CAP survey. Click here to access the survey.
What is a CAP?
A Climate Action Plan is a comprehensive roadmap that outlines the specific activities an agency will undertake to reduce GHG emissions. The first step in the CAP process is to inventory emissions. A GHG inventory provides a snapshot of emissions that occur within a chosen year. Once a local government has an idea of where emissions come from in its community, the next step is to set a GHG reduction target. After a target is established, the agency develops policies and programs to reach that target. CAP measures usually seek 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.
RCEA recently completed 2015 greenhouse gas inventories, and the County is working with the public to develop a plan to reduce emissions while taking into the unique nature of Humboldt County. This site will be updated with local emissions data and notices of public workshops. If you have any questions or would like to sign up for regular email updates, email Connor McGuigan: firstname.lastname@example.org.