The City of South Pasadena adopted the City’s first Climate Action Plan (CAP) on December 16, 2020, which is a strategy for how it will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with statewide targets. The City of South Pasadena’s CAP set a baseline for past and current GHG emissions, included forecasts of future emissions, and established targets to help California reduce future emissions.
In general, a Climate Action Plan (CAP) is a long-range plan that outlines specific strategies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The CAP intends to facilitate the reduction of GHG emissions throughout South Pasadena through implementation of Southern California Association of Governments’ (SCAG) 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy: Towards a Sustainable Future (RTP/SCS) in a way that is practical, efficient, and beneficial to the community and enhances South Pasadena’s desirable characteristics and qualities. The foundation for developing emission reduction and climate adaptation measures will be based on the City’s existing work as detailed in the extensive plans and programs comprising the City’s sustainability goals and vulnerability analysis.
The City of South Pasadena’s CAP will set a baseline for past and current GHG emissions, included forecasts of future emissions, and established targets to help California reduce future emissions.
California legislation mandates that California reach the following GHG reduction targets:
- Reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 (a target established by the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, also known as Assembly Bill (AB) 32)
- Reduce GHG emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 (a target established by Senate Bill (SB) 32)
In the long term, the CAP will also help achieve multiple community goals such as lowering energy costs, reducing air pollution, supporting local economic development, and improving public health and quality of life.
If you would like to watch the recordings from past events, the links are available in the Resources section below.
- Final South Pasadena Climate Action Plan – December 16, 2020
- South Pasadena Final Initial Study – Negative Declaration – November 11, 2020
- Virtual Community Meeting (Draft Climate Action Plan Review) – September 10, 2020
- South Pasadena Climate Action Plan Executive Summary – September 10, 2020
- Virtual Community Meeting (GHG Emissions Reduction Plays and Moves) – May 28, 2020