Berkeley Climate Action Plan
In 2006, Berkeley voters issued a call to action on the climate change challenge by overwhelmingly endorsing ballot Measure G. The mandate was simple but bold: Reduce our entire community’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80% below 2000 levels by 2050. The Berkeley Climate Action Plan was written through a community-wide process and was adopted by City Council on June 2, 2009. The community’s target for the year 2020 is to reduce community-wide GHG emissions 33% (below 2000 levels). To review Climate Action Plan goals and progress in more detail please visit Climate Action Plan Progress.
Vision for a more sustainable Berkeley outlined in the Climate Action Plan:
- New and existing Berkeley buildings achieve zero net energy consumption through increased energy efficiency and a shift to renewable energy sources such as solar and wind
- Public transit, walking, cycling, and other sustainable mobility modes are the primary means of transportation for Berkeley residents and visitors
- Personal vehicles run on electricity produced from renewable sources or other low-carbon fuels
- Zero waste is sent to landfills
- The majority of food consumed in Berkeley is produced locally
- Our community is resilient and prepared for the impacts of global warming
- The social and economic benefits of the climate protection effort are shared across the community
Get involved, make the vision a reality! Join one of the working groups of the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition. The Coalition is made up of local non-profits, educational institutions, businesses, faith-based organizations, public health organizations, neighborhood groups, government agencies and committed individuals, all working together to implement the Berkeley Climate Action Plan.
To learn more about the plan itself, download and read the Climate Action Plan:
Berkeley Climate Action Plan Executive Summary OR Berkeley Climate Action Plan Full Report
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