What is a Climate and Environmental Action Plan
A Climate and Environmental Action Plan (CEAP) is a long-range plan that outlines comprehensive strategies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as well as other environmentally beneficial measures. Implementation of the CAP GHG emission reduction strategies will provide co-benefits to the community by reducing air pollution, supporting local economic development, increasing local resilience, improving public health and quality of life. For example, adoption of a strategy to convert all city buses to electric would be a GHG emissions reduction strategy. Adoption of a policy to reduce anticoagulant rodenticides would not contribute substantially to reducing emissions, but would be important environmentally.
Community Input to Develop the CEAP
The City will host public workshops to engage City residents, businesses, and community leaders in the CEAP development process. These workshops provide an opportunity to ask questions, learn more about the CEAP process, and to provide input and feedback on its development. The City will incorporate information from these workshops, surveys and other community engagement efforts to create a plan that reflects the values and vision of the Thousand Oaks community.
How Can You Contribute?
You can contribute to the Climate and Environmental Action Plan update and do your part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the following ways:
- Stay informed on our process, so you can share your thoughts on potential CEAP strategies.
- Calculate your greenhouse gas emissions and find ways to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.
- Learn more about actions underway by the City and State to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enhance resiliency, and contribute to a thriving community.
What are the State of California’s 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.
Cal-Adapt is a web-based climate adaptation planning tool hosted by the State. Cal-Adapt allows the user to identify potential climate change risks in specific geographic areas throughout the state. Users can either query by location or click on an interactive map to explore what climate impacts are projected to occur in their area of interest.
Clean Power Alliance (CPA) - In February 2019, Thousand Oaks' residential customers began receiving electricity service from CPA with service to the City's commercial and industrial customers beginning in May 2019.
Sustainability Plan for Municipal Operations - On June 19, 2018, City Council adopted a Sustainability Plan for Municipal Operations, which established the foundation for environmentally-friendly, fiscally-responsible, and sustainably-minded City operations.
On August 27, 2019, City Council approved a Municipal Energy Action Plan to address energy use at City facilities and for City operations, which established a goal for energy use reduction by 15 percent (relative to a 2010 baseline) over the next five years.
The Sustainability Strategic Plan Flow Chart (below) shows the status and relationship between the components that comprise the Sustainability Strategic Plan for the City. The components currently underway include the Citywide Greenhouse Gas Inventory, Municipal GHG Inventory, Citywide Energy Action Plan, Hill Canyon Masterplan, EV Charging and Infrastructure Plan, California Data Collaborative, and a solid waste contract extension with revised solid waste diversion requirement including organic recycling.