For the last decade, cities have been the leading force against climate change. Having a localized lens of responsibility allows city governments to tailor climate solutions to the distinct needs of their communities. In June 2009, the City of Martinez became one of the first in Contra Costa County to put this idea into action.
After California passed AB 32 in 2006, establishing a statewide goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, Martinez created a Climate Action Plan in order to help the state meet this ambitious target. Climate Action Plans (CAPs) outline specific strategies to reduce GHGs, conserve energy and other natural resources, and prepare the community for potential climate change impacts.
The City of Martinez CAP identifies four key sectors - transportation, energy, solid waste, and water - that must be addressed in order to protect the community. To learn about the progress accomplished so far by the City of Martinez, check out our annual Climate Action Plan Recap below.