UDPATE: On February 25, 2014, the Butte County Board of Supervisors approved the Climate Action Plan.
The Butte County Department of Development Services is coordinating the preparation of the community-wide Climate Action Plan (CAP) for the unincorporated area of Butte County. The CAP implements the County’s recently adopted General Plan by providing goals, measures, and actions to improve quality of life in the County. The CAP will contain programs and actions that are designed to help the County sustain its natural resources, grow efficiently, ensure long-term resiliency to a changing environmental and economic climate, and improve transportation. The CAP also supports statewide greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals identified in Assembly Bill (AB) 32 and Senate Bill (SB) 375. Greenhouse gasses trap heat in the atmosphere; the buildup of greenhouse gasses from human sources is warming the planet and changing the climate (State of California, Governors Office of Planning and Research 2011). The CAP will reduce the local contribution of greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere by targeting both community-wide activities and County government operations.
The County has completed a community-wide greenhouse gas emissions inventory, an important first step in completing the CAP. The inventory was prepared as part of the County’s General Plan update. The CAP will use the existing inventory to set reduction targets and identify appropriate strategies. The County is also undertaking an inventory of local government actions to assess how Butte County can become more efficient and reduce the generation of greenhouse gas emissions. The CAP will build on existing efforts of County departments, businesses, and community groups to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and identify future efforts needed to be consistent with statewide targets identified in AB 32. The CAP will include performance metrics and tracking tools to monitor future progress.