Climate Action Plan

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Planning Division
Principal Planner
1 Civic Center Drive
San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 744-1050
Saima Qureshy
(760) 744-1050, ext. 3222

What is a Climate Action Plan

A Climate Action Plan (CAP) is a long range plan that outlines strategies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The City adopted its CAP in 2013 in compliance with the adopted policies in the General Plan and consistent with the State of California’s Assembly Bill (AB) 32, known as the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.

Current Climate Action Plan

What are the State of California’s GHG Reduction Targets

  • Reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 - A target established by the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, also known as Assembly Bill (AB) 32
  • Reduce GHG emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 - A target established by Senate Bill (SB) 32

Climate Action Plan Update
Support from the SANDAG Roadmap Program enabled the City to initiate an update to its CAP in 2017. The CAP update is needed to comply with the State’s SB32 requirements to reduce GHG emissions to 40 percent below the 1990 levels by 2030.   

The main elements of the CAP will include:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions inventory and projections
  • Greenhouse gas reduction targets and measures
  • A monitoring strategy
  • A Development Review Checklist and Implementation Cost Analysis

The City has completed a draft greenhouse gas emissions inventory and projections document, which summarizes emissions from 2012 to 2014 and the business-as-usual projections for 2020, 2030 and 2035.

Draft Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and Projections

In the long term, the CAP will provide co-benefits to the community by reducing air pollution, supporting local economic development, and improving public health and quality of life.

Community Input to Develop the CAP

The City will be hosting three public workshops to engage City residents, businesses, and community leaders in the CAP update development process.  All three workshops will have the same information. These workshops will provide an opportunity to ask questions, learn more about the CAP update process, and to provide input and feedback on its development. Feedback will be gathered through real-time polling and survey responses at the workshops. The City will incorporate input from these workshops and an online survey into the CAP to create a plan that reflects the values and vision of the community.

Please join us at any one of our upcoming workshops. Note the content and information will be the same at all the three workshops.

WORKSHOP #1: May 9th (Thursday) at 6:00 PM.
San Marcos Senior Center (111 Richmar Avenue, San Marcos, CA 92069)

WORKSHOP #2: May 13th (Monday) at 6:00 PM.
San Marcos Community Center – Main Hall (3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069)

WORKSHOP #3 (PLANNING COMMISSION): May 20th (Monday) at 6:30 PM
San Marcos Civic Center – Valley of Discover Room (1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069)

Online Survey
Online Survey (Spanish version)
Material Boards
Workshop Flyer 

If you are not able to attend one of these workshops, you will still be able to provide your thoughts and ideas!  An online survey will soon be launched on the website to gather input from members of the community who are unable to attend these workshops, or for those who wish to provide additional feedback following workshop attendance.  Stay tuned for more information!

This web page will be updated periodically to keep all the stakeholders informed on CAP update project.

NASA-Climate Change Program
California Climate Change Portal – Climate Strategy
California Air Resources Board