In the last decade, cities around the world have taken the lead in addressing climate change at the local level. Municipal and regional climate action plans have become standard operations across the nation, as cities have a responsibility and a capacity to tailor and develop programs to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change.
California has a statewide goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, as established by the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32). To prepare to meet and achieve the maximum feasible and cost-effective GHG emissions reduction, the City of Martinez adopted a Climate Action Plan, June 2009. Martinez was among one the first cities in the County to create a CAP.
The City of Martinez Climate Action Plan (CAP) establishes strategies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions known to contribute to climate change, to conserve energy and other natural resources, and to prepare the community for the expected effects of global warming. The CAP includes specific goals and objectives to reduce GHG emissions, including policies, programs, and actions to facilitate change. The CAP establishes four key GHG emissions categories (transportation, energy, solid waste, and water) as priorities for adapting to the local physical changes in the environment resulting from climate change.