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Climate Action Plan:
Moving Towards a Sustainable Future

2012 March Newsletter

The Climate Action Plan (CAP) has been updated to spur dialog and motivate all sectors of our community to take action to address climate change. The draft CAP outlines how Santa Cruz can reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through energy efficiency upgrades, conservation and renewable energy generation. Building upon existing GHG reduction efforts, the CAP contains ideas for several new City programs, including: 

1) Implementing a Solar Santa Cruz Program to increase the number of residential solar systems from 500 to 1,000 by the end of 2012 and 5,000 by 2020.

2) Formalizing a City Energy Management Office to reduce municipal building energy use by 40 percent.

3) Partnering with UCSC on 25 sustainability and alternative energy research projects.

“The CAP furthers our efforts in environmental responsibility, leading the way for local governments in the process,” stated Mayor Don Lane. “By taking the identified actions together as a community, we will reduce our carbon footprint, save money and bring green business and good jobs to Santa Cruz.”

Through the implementation of the CAP, the City will increase the depth and effectiveness of new and existing environmental programs and create avenues for new partnerships and ideas. The collaborative nature of this program is intended to change our perspective from an “I don’t know what to do?” attitude to one of community empowerment and action.

The full CAP and summary document are available online.