Get Involved in Climate Action!
Approximately 80 Thousand Oaks residents shared their thoughts and ideas on potential Climate and Environmental Action Plan (CEAP) measures at the City’s event on July 10th at the Grant Brimhall Library. Attendees had options for participating through brief presentations, Q&A, and booths with active engagement opportunities. Participants were requested to weigh in by voting on potential strategies.
If you missed the meeting, you can participate by listening to the short videos on the topics you are interested in (see links at the end of this article) and sharing your ideas in person with staff at the following locations from 2:00-6:00 pm:
July 30 The Oaks Mall (350 W. Hillcrest)
Aug. 6 The Lakes (2200 East Thousand Oaks Blvd)
Aug. 20 The Promenade at Westlake (140 Promenade Way)
Aug. 27 The Village at Moorpark (33 N Moorpark Rd)
(Check our calendar to confirm the dates and locations before visiting)
We will be rolling out an exciting new online platform in mid-August that will allow residents an opportunity to engage with our climate planning. Stay tuned!
This is what we have heard so far:
- Replace existing streetlights with LEDs
- Protect the night sky by mandating night-sky compliant lighting
- Ban gas-powered leaf blowers (strong support)
- Ban on gas-powered lawn equipment (moderate support)
- Adopt a citywide idling ordinance
- Plant more native urban trees—the city to provide free saplings.
Sustainable New Development
- New developments should be less car-centric and incorporate more walkable/active transportation options.
- Storm and greywater capture where possible.
- Adopt an all-electric ordinance for new buildings (more popular than the “electric-preferred” option).
- For existing buildings, a requirement to replace gas appliances and equipment with electric alternatives when they “burned out” was preferred over a set a date for replacement.
- Guidance on rebates and incentives and building permit fee reductions or waivers would help transition to an all-electric home.
- Add more protected bike lanes
- Swap traffic lanes for bike lanes
Adaptation and Resilience
- Require firewise landscaping and ember-resistant attic vent openings.
Additional Write-in Suggestions
- Require permeable paving in new developments
- Replace unnecessary pavements with plantings
- Implement cool pavement strategies
- Establish community programs on climate resiliency
- Assist those on fixed [or low] incomes to implement resiliency measures
To learn more
The City has developed short (four-minute) videos which provide background and explain key issues related to the CEAP. You’ll find them at the following links: