Climate Action Plan
Climate Action Plan Overview
The City of La Mesa has resumed preparation of its Climate Action Plan. The initial draft Climate Action Plan was funded by a grant from the San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) Emerging Cities Program. The City Council recently approved additional funding to complete the Plan. The public provided the City with feedback on the Climate Action Plan effort during the La Mesa Connect Block Party.
The City remains committed to its role in adopting policies to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and improve public health. The City has a history of implementing sustainability within the community in various ways. On April 10, 2007, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 2007-039 endorsing the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. Amenities such as urban walking trails, the Safe Routes to School Program, a City fleet of hybrid vehicles, the Farmer's Market, transit-oriented developments, and the rehabilitation of existing building, aid in improving the quality of life for City residents. In 2013, the City, in collaboration with SANDAG and SDG&E, developed an Energy Management Plan, or "Energy Roadmap". The Energy Roadmap provides a framework for La Mesa to identify ways to save energy in government operations and in the community, resulting in municipal cost savings and environmental benefits. The Energy Roadmap identifies measures that the City could include in the Climate Action Plan.
The City of La Mesa has extended the previous contract with AECOM to enable them to continue to help the City undertake necessary actions in the development and formulation of a Climate Action Plan (CAP). These new activities include: setting GHG reduction targets consistent with the 2012 Centennial General Plan, additional public engagement and education activities, and considering additional measures towards meeting the goals of the Plan.
The goal for the CAP is to achieve the 1990 target level emissions set forth in California Senate Bill AB32 (California Global Warming Solutions Act) by 2020. However, the adoption of the draft CAP can also provide positive benefits for the local community, including, but not limited to: improved air quality and public health, reduced energy bills, improved transportation access, infrastructure improvements supporting alternatives to driving, recycling, water conservation, and urban agriculture. As a part of the Plan, strategies and measures will be investigated and considered for implementation. These strategies may include: implementing a Community Choice Aggregation program, requirements for energy use reductions, clean vehicle replacement programs, implementation of green building standards, etc.
In preparing the Plan, the City welcomes input from its residents, employees, and businesses to help better understand the level of support required for different types of reduction strategies. Feedback and comments may be forwarded to the City in several ways: attend and participate during Public Comment at a series of upcoming meetings, send comments via U.S. Mail: Attn.: Howard Lee, 8130 Allison Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91942, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Mr. Lee via phone at 619.667.1185.
Climate Action Plan PresentationsAugust 15, 2016
September 21, 2016