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What is the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP)?
The CAAP will provide a framework for creating or updating policies, programs, practices, and incentives for Long Beach residents and businesses to reduce the City's greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint, and ensure the community and physical assets are better protected from the impacts of climate change. Engaging those who live, work, and play in Long Beach is essential to creating an effective and successful CAAP. Residents, business owners, students, and other community stakeholders are encouraged to get involved by providing input and sharing ideas, priorities, and solutions to help establish and achieve the City's climate goals through the CAAP.
What is climate action? What is climate adaptation?
Climate change is happening now, so we need to act quickly. The CAAP will address climate action and climate adaptation, and help the City to comply with various local, regional, State, and federal regulations to significantly reduce emissions.
Climate action refers to actions taken to address the causes of climate change and reduce the impact we (people) have on the climate system (e.g. adoption of energy-efficient components and systems including buildings, vehicles, appliances). On the other hand, climate adaptation refers to adjusting our behaviors, systems, and infrastructure to reduce the impact climate change has on us. There are three types of adaptation strategies - structural, natural, and community-based.
Why is the City doing this?
In addition to being concerned about the impacts of climate change, developing a CAAP will help Long Beach meet its obligations to the State of California. The City is obligated under the California Environmental Quality Act, AB 32 (The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006), SB 375 (The Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008), and various California Executive orders to do its part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. California Senate Bill 379 requires cities and counties to include climate adaptation and resiliency strategies in their general plans to ensure safety and protection of their community in the future.
In November 2015, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia signed an official commitment to the Compact of Mayors (now called the Global Covenant of Mayors), a global coalition working to collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance resilience to climate change. In order to comply with Compact requirements, the City of Long Beach must establish a plan for climate action and a plan for adaptation.
What is the CAAP development process?
From April 2017 - May 2018, the CAAP development process was focused on technical analyses required as a basis of data and facts for developing a CAAP, including a a review of the latest climate science for Long Beach, a climate hazards analysis, vulnerability assessments, vulnerabilities mapping, greenhouse gas emissions inventories and forecasts, and GHG reductions target setting. Data can be found on our Resources & Documents page.
Between summer 2018 and summer 2019, a variety of community outreach events and activities will be focused on validating the data and risk assessments, and working in partnership with the community to understand, prioritize and plan mitigation measures and adaptation strategies towards CAAP goals and reduction targets that may include: new regulations, prioritized infrastructure improvements, strategies for growing a green economy, energy efficiency and alternative transportation incentive programs, urban greening efforts, community partnerships and more.
Developing the CAAP will be just the beginning of an ongoing, collaborative process to make Long Beach a safer, healthier and more sustainable place to live, work and play. Residents, business owners, students, and other community stakeholders are encouraged to get involved by providing input, spreading the word, and sharing ideas, priorities, and solutions to help establish and achieve the City's climate goals.
The climate action/mitigation element of the CAAP will include the following steps:
- A GHG inventory of emissions from various sectors in the Long Beach community, such as building energy, transportation, solid waste, and wastewater.
- A forecast of projected emissions based on anticipated City growth.
- Development of GHG reduction targets based on the latest climate science, and local, regional, State, and federal context and requirements.
- Analysis of existing sustainability and climate mitigation efforts.
- Development of additional GHG mitigation strategies to reduce future emissions from key sectors.
- Development of a framework for implementing mitigation strategies.
- A plan to monitor the performance of the mitigation strategies using performance metrics to track GHG reduction targets.
The climate adaptation element of the CAAP will include the following steps:
- A review of the latest climate science, particularly information relevant to Long Beach and local climate impacts.
- An inventory of infrastructure and community assets already being impacted or likely to be impacted by climate change.
- A vulnerability assessment to identify community assets and evaluate their exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity.
- Development and prioritization of adaptation strategies to reduce impacts of stressors, such as sea level rise, storm surge, extreme heat, drought, precipitation, and air pollution, on people and assets.
- An adaptation strategy implementation framework.
- A plan to monitor the performance of the adaptation strategies.
How can I get involved?
The City hopes to engage everyone who lives, work, or plays in Long Beach to develop and implement the CAAP! To get involved, be sure to:
- Take the CAAP survey, and share it with friends, family, and neighbors, or colleagues who live, work, and play in Long Beach
- Visit the CAAP website for latest news and updates
- Subscribe to the Development Services - Initiatives and Programs newsletter through LinkLB
- Join the CAAP conversation on social media:
- Use #CAAPLB
- "Like" the Development Services Facebook page
- "Follow" us on Twitter @LongBeachBuilds
- Join us at an upcoming outreach event!
Subscribe to LinkLB Development Services - Initiatives and Programs to learn more about the City's CAAP, and receive information about upcoming community meetings and events. "Like" the Development Services Facebook page, and "follow" us on Twitter, and get involved in the CAAP discussion using #CAAPLB.