El Cerrito's Climate Action Plan (CAP) and Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP)

El Cerrito’s current Climate Action Plan (CAP) was adopted in 2013 and is 10 years old. In 2019, the City Council passed a resolution declaring a climate emergency and endorsing emergency mobilization efforts to restore a safe and stable climate. The Climate Emergency declaration additionally resolved for the City to strive for zero Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions citywide as quickly as possible within the forthcoming Climate Action Plan update. 

Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) Goals

The CAAP being developed in 2023 and 2024 is intended to specify strategies and actions that will enable the City to achieve or exceed new GHG reduction goals; identify climate adaptation and resilience strategies; and provide a means of reporting and monitoring the effectiveness of the plan. The CAAP will include a GHG inventory, including a consumption-based inventory, identify strategies, forecast GHG emission reductions, engage the community, identify climate adaptation and resilience measures, and prepare and develop a comprehensive plan. The final product will be a plan that is highly accessible to the community and provides an implementation plan for the City as an organization, and the community as a whole, to meet more ambitious emission reduction targets.

Provide Comments on the Public Draft
March 8 - April 1

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CAAP_FactsheetFact Sheet (English)

Fact Sheet (Spanish)

Fact Sheet (Chinese)


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Community Workshop #1 Presentation  - Saturday, June 3, 2023

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Community Workshop #2 Presentation - Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Contact Information: For more information about the CAAP and the City's Climate and Sustainability initiatives, contact Christina Leard at 510-215-4338.

2013 Climate Action Plan

The City Council adopted the El Cerrito Climate Action Plan on May 21, 2013. Prepared by the City’s Community Development Department, the Climate Action Plan (CAP) assists the City Council and the community in determining the best avenues of action to reduce locally produced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to create a safer and more sustainable El Cerrito. The City of El Cerrito adopted targets to reduce GHG emissions by 15% below 2005 levels by 2020 and 30% below 2005 levels by 2035.

The Climate Action Plan (CAP) can be downloaded below.

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Executive Summary (and table of contents)
Chapter 1: Climate Change in Context
Chapter 2: El Cerrito's Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Chapter 3: Community Climate Action Strategies
Chapter 4: Municipal Climate Action Strategies
Chapter 5: Personal Climate Action
Chapter 6: Implementation

Summary of Public Comments

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