For this effort to be successful, it will take the whole community. The City will be conducting ongoing community engagement throughout the planning process. Check back here for a digital version of our second community input session.
Alameda’s Climate Action Plan
Alameda staff, community, and outside experts are working together to develop a comprehensive plan to reduce Alameda’s greenhouse gas emissions, increase quality of life on the island, and adapt to climate change impacts like increased flooding.
In response to the serious and urgent threat of climate change, City Council directed staff to create an ambitious and progressive Climate Action Plan. This Plan will build on the City’s rich existing environmental initiatives to help Alameda develop into a sustainable and thriving city that is resilient to the adverse effects of climate change.
Alameda is experiencing the impacts of climate change. The Bay has risen 8 inches in the last century, and could rise two feet by 2050, and five feet or more by 2100. Climate change means more heat waves, more wildfire smoke, and more drought. While it is not currently possible to attribute any single event exclusively to climate change, scientists tell us that on average, we're going to see more frequent extreme and dangerous weather events. These events put strain on our residents, businesses, and infrastructure.
At the same time as these climate-related issues get more severe, Alameda is contributing to the problem through our own greenhouse gas emissions. We may not be aware that when we drive gasoline-powered cars, we emit greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. The way we heat our homes, whether we compost or not, and even the way we eat all contribute to this global problem that has big local consequences.
The challenges we face are multifaceted, and so are the solutions. The Climate Action Plan will look for strategies that both protect us from flooding and help us switch from polluting technologies to green alternatives. Many of these strategies have benefits that go beyond climate change. Trees help keep us cool during heat waves, and they also increase local air quality and make being outside more pleasant. Better bike lanes encourage people to get out of greenhouse gas-emitting cars, and they also decrease cyclist accidents and traffic congestion. Alameda's Climate Action Plan will help the city become more sustainable, more resilient, and an overall better place to live.
Wondering what a Climate Action Plan is anyway? Read our (PDF, 257KB)Frequently Asked Questions(PDF, 257KB)
For a general overview and for a few sustainability tips, read our Climate Action and Resilience factsheet below:
Check out our handy Glossary(PDF, 313KB)