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San Ramon Climate Action Plan

On August 23 2011, the City adopted the San Ramon Climate Action Plan (CAP) to address “Climate Change” locally and comply with the greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets associated with Assembly Bill 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.

The CAP strategy is primarily based upon the land use, transportation, and conservation policies that are part of the General Plan 2030. The CAP demonstrates that through land use planning/density choices, reduction in vehicle miles traveled, and energy conservation measures such as increased energy efficiency for buildings, more efficient water use and recycling programs, the City can do its proportionate share to achieve the State greenhouse gas reduction targets.

Household Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculator

Individual actions such as car pooling, water use reductions, home energy upgrades, recycling and use of solar power, among others, can collectively go a long way in addressing local GHG reduction targets improving the environment and maintaining San Ramon's quality of life.

If you are interested in tracking your own GHG reductions, a Household Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculator, as well as the CAP policies, are available on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website by clicking here: Household Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculator

Qualified Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy

The CAP has been determined to be “Qualified Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy” as defined by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District guidelines.  As such, it serves as a guidance document for local decision makers and staff to ensure that future actions and land use decisions are also consistent with State and local greenhouse gas reduction goals as they relate to climate change and the California Environmental Quality Act.

What is Climate Change?

“Climate change” refers to the broader set of changes that go along with global warming, including changes in weather patterns, the oceans, ice and snow, and ecosystems. Most experts now use the term “climate change” because it gives a more complete picture of the changes that are happening around the world.

Greenhouse effectWhy is Climate Change Happening?

Many scientists believe the main reason the climate is changing is because people are adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. The most important greenhouse gas is carbon dioxide, which is released whenever people burn fossil fuels to do everyday activities like driving cars, heating buildings, and making electricity. As greenhouse gases build up in the atmosphere, they cause the Earth to trap extra heat, making the planet warmer.

Why is Climate Change a Concern?

Temperature plays an important role in how nature works, and even a small change in average temperature can have a noticeable impact on plants, animals, and other natural processes. In California, in addition to potential impacts to natural systems, climate change may result in a decreased water supply, sea level rise, and/or increased wildfire potential that can affect the quality of life in our daily lives. 

Sources: EPA website: http://epa.gov/climatechange/kids/index.htm
  San Ramon Climate Action Plan 2011


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