In 2006 San Rafael was one of the early signatories to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, committing the City to working towards meeting the goals of the Kyoto Protocol. The City Council adopted San Rafael’s first San Rafael Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) on April 20, 2009, which was developed by a 14-member Green Ribbon Committee along with volunteer subject matter experts. It set goals of a 25% reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) by 2020, and an ambitious 80% reduction by 2050 to meet targets set by the State of California.
As of the end of calendar year 2016, the City had reduced community-wide GHG’s by 18%, meeting the State target of 15% reduction and on track to meet our local 25% stretch goal. Meantime, at the end of 2016 the State issued new interim targets for 2030 of 40% reduction of GHG’s below 1990 levels. In 2017 the City convened a 20-member Climate Action Working Group to revise the CCAP toward these new 2030 targets. The result is the new Climate Change Action Plan 2030, which was approved by City Council on May 20, 2019. Watch for a new CCAP 2030 website coming this fall.
Quarterly community update meetings on the implementation of the Climate Action Plan are generally held the 3rd Thursday of the month each January, April, July, and October. Subscribe to our email distribution list to keep informed! Choose General News and Updates, and it will take you to a page where you can select Sustainability and Green Initiatives.