Climate Action Plan

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

The Humboldt Regional Climate Action Plan is available for public review:

Climate Action Plan Public Review Draft (PDF)

Appendices included separately:

For further information, please email Michael Richardson or call Michael at 707-268-3723.  

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.

Anticipated Timeline for Adoption

 Graphic depicted the anticipated timeline for 2022 adoption of the CAP.

Public Input Process

In addition to the public workshops conducted so far, the cities and the County will be providing robust public engagement opportunities while drafting of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and formal adoption of the CAP by each of the jurisdictions. To sign up for regular email updates, email Michael Richardson, Supervising Planner.

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