On March 27, 2013, the City Council adopted the Elk Grove Climate Action Plan, or CAP. The CAP is a strategic planning document that identifies sources of GHG emissions from sources within Elk Grove’s boundary and reduces emissions through energy use, transportation, land use, water use, and solid waste strategies (referred to as “measures” in the CAP). The City’s primary motivation for preparing the CAP is to enable new development projects consistent with the CAP and General Plan to tier from the CAP’s environmental review process and minimize subsequent project-level analysis. To provide this benefit to new development, implementation of the CAP on a project-by-project basis should achieve a 15 percent reduction below 2005 GHG emissions levels by 2020. This approach is consistent with the guidance provided by the Sacramento Air Quality Management District, CEQA, and the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Assembly Bill (AB) 32).
The Climate Action Plan, along with its accompanying environmental analysis, are available below for download.
Concurrent with adoption of the Climate Action Plan, the City Council also adopted a new component to the General Plan – a Sustainability Element. The Element is available on the General Plan page. The Sustainability Element incorporates new social, environmental, and economic goals and ideas into the General Plan that focus on the concept of sustainability.