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.
Updated April 12, 2023
The Humboldt Regional Climate Action Plan is available for public review:
Climate Action Plan Public Review Draft (PDF)
Appendices included separately:
- Appendix B - CAP Measures Spreadsheet (XLS)
- Appendix E – Appendix E: Implementation And Monitoring Table & Funding Matrix
- Appendix F – CAP Consistency Checklist Intro (PDF)
- Appendix F – CAP Consistency Checklist (XLS)
For further information, please email Michael Richardson or call Michael at 707-268-3723.
Updated April 18, 2023
CAP Refinement For Unincorporated Areas of Humboldt County
Public Participation Through a CAP Working Group
The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors reviewed the Regional Climate Action Plan (CAP) at its June 7, 2022 meeting. At that time the Board asked County Planning Staff to evaluate refinements to the CAP pertaining to unincorporated areas of the County to address issues in rural lands, the effect of including industrial point source emissions in the 2090 inventory, PG&E service inadequacies in Southern Humboldt, and incentives for exceeding the expectations of the CAP.
We invite all interested parties to participate in informal discussions as part of a CAP Working Group as the process moves forward into environmental review. The series of meetings will begin in April of 2023. If you would like to participate, please respond to Mmilner1@co.humboldt.ca.us. See the CAP Working Group tab below for more information.
To stay informed of upcoming meetings, please considerer signing up for email or text notifications through Notifyme.
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- REGIONAL CAP TIMELINE
- CAP WORKING GROUP, UNINCORPORATED COUNTY
- WHAT IS A CAP?
- CAP BACKGROUND DOCUMENTS
Anticipated Timeline for Adoption
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
The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors has requested additional evaluation of the Regional Climate Action Plan (CAP) that pertains to the unincorporated areas of the County. Planning is hosting a CAP Working Group to gather public input in six areas: issues in rural lands, the effect of including industrial point source emissions in the 2090 inventory, PG&E service inadequacies in Southern Humboldt, benefits of carbon credits and offsets, coordination with other regional plans, and incentives for exceeding the expectations of the CAP. Information about upcoming and past public meetings of the Climate Action Plan Working Group will be posted here.
Meeting No. 1 Zoom Link - Friday Apr 14, 2023, 3:00 PM
Meeting ID: 844 4359 2482
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Meeting No. 2 Zoom Link - Tuesday Apr 18, 2023, 2:00 PM
For background and more information visit Humboldt County’s Climate Action Plan website.
Meeting ID: 824 5747 1881
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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-developed 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.