Through the Albany City Council’s Strategic Vision, we are committed to maintaining Albany’s small-town ambiance, responding to the needs of a diverse community, promoting business vitality, and fostering a safe, healthy, and sustainable urban village. Part of the effort of preserving Albany’s unique character includes ensuring long-term sustainability and resilience from climate change and its effects. As a result, in 2017, City Council included advancing climate action through implementation and evaluation of an updated climate action plan in its Strategic Plan.
In June 2006, the City of Albany committed to becoming a member of ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability and participating in the Alameda County Climate Protection Project (ACCPP). As part of the project, the City conducted a baseline Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, set a community-wide emissions reduction target, and developed its first Climate Action Plan (CAP). In 2017, City Council adopted Resolution No. 2017-48, supporting the Paris Climate Agreement and joining the Climate Mayors organization. Additionally, the City’s General Plan includes ambitious emissions reductions goals of 60% by 2035, and net zero emissions by 2050.
CAP 1.0: 25% Reductions Goal
Albany’s first Climate Action Plan (CAP 1.0), comprised of policies and measures to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat global climate change, was adopted by City Council in 2010. The CAP committed Albany to 25% greenhouse gas reductions by 2020, and focused emissions reductions strategies on building energy efficiency, transportation and land use, waste reduction, green infrastructure, water conservation, and food and agriculture.
The City’s CAP 1.0 is relatively complete, with 76 of 86 measures completed, in progress, or ongoing as of March 2018. Successful CAP programs have included commercial and residential energy efficiency partnerships, municipal building upgrades and LED streetlights, implementation of the City’s Active Transportation Plan and Safe Routes to School Program, and execution of several land use and waste reduction policies. The remaining 11 CAP measures have been deemed no longer applicable for a variety of reasons, including duplication with state or regional measures, responsibility of a different agency, or cost-effectiveness.
The City began writing CAP 1.0 ten years ago, when climate action planning was at its infancy. The field has developed substantially since then, and CAP 1.0 no longer reflects new priorities, trends, and emerging technologies. The City of Albany is preparing to take further action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the City by developing a new Climate Action Plan.
CAP 2.0: Carbon Neutrality
In 2018, City Council approved the proposal to begin development of the City’s second climate action plan (CAP 2.0). This new plan will aim to meet the City’s new reductions targets by focusing on innovative and bold policies that address deep decarbonization principles, and prepare Albany for the local effects of climate change.
A warming climate will bring changes that will greatly affect our natural environment. A new climate mitigation and adaptation plan will help mitigate the harmful effects of climate-induced sea level rise, extreme weather events, and other natural hazards. The planning process will consider the sustainability impacts of each suggested measure, including impacts on social equity and the local economy.
Get involved in the climate action planning process!
There will be additional opportunities for community members to get involved in CAP 2.0 planning in early 2019. If you have any questions or concerns about the City's climate action planning process, please contact Elizabeth Carrade at email@example.com or (510) 528-5762.