Climate Planning

Climate Action and Adaptation Plan

In 2021, The City of Irvine embarked on developing its first Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP). The CAAP sets ambitious but achievable emissions reduction targets for the City and lays out a pathway to achieving our climate goals across both municipal operations and our community. Through thoughtfully planned greenhouse gas emissions reduction and climate adaptation measures, the CAAP will build upon Irvine’s previous steps towards climate leadership in Orange County to create a truly climate-safe City for the future. 

The Irvine CAAP seeks to: 

  • Guide the City on the implementation of measurable actions to meet or exceed the State’s GHG reduction targets and climate neutrality goal, as well as the City’s ambitious carbon neutral by 2030 goals; 
  • Recommend adaptation measures that build resilience to current and future climate threats; and 
  • Emphasize climate goals for the community, establishing an aspirational, yet achievable path that provides options to realize aggressive emissions reduction targets by 2030, 2035, and 2045. 

Project and Outreach Timeline 

CAAP development kicked off in late July 2021. Throughout the entire CAAP development process, we have opportunities for stakeholders and residents to provide input. The City is hosting stakeholder working groups, consisting of City Staff, local experts, business representatives, and environmental advocates, which will meet at key points throughout the CAAP process. There are also opportunities for the general Irvine community to get involved, through Virtual Public Workshops and pop-up events. Please read about how you can get involved below.  

The State of California has some of the most aggressive benchmarks in the country to reduce harmful climate emissions over the next decade. California achieved its 2020 greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction target ahead of schedule, while increasing the state’s economy ahead of the national average, showing that climate smart policies can be both good for the economy and environment. Currently, California’s long-term goal is to become carbon neutral by 2045. Given the acceleration of climate impacts locally and across the globe, there are calls for the state to expedite this goal and lead on the implementation of principles that make California more resilient to climate change, while creating jobs and transitioning to a clean energy economy. 

Get Involved

The CAAP should be reflective of the priorities and values of the Irvine community. Therefore, gaining input from stakeholders throughout the process is a key part of CAAP development. We encourage all Irvine residents and businesses to engage in this critical effort for the planet and conserving Irvine for future generations. Please see the opportunities below to get involved. Check back here for updates.  

Virtual Public Workshop #1 (Coming Soon): This workshop is one of two Virtual Public Workshops open to all Irvine residents and businesses, with a focus on building community understanding of the City’s greenhouse gas emission footprint and providing an opportunity for feedback on the proposed climate change adaptation and mitigation measures. Input from this workshop will be used to directly inform the measures in the draft CAAP document. Please check back for the date and time of the first Virtual Public Workshop, coming soon in Summer 2022! 

Online Community Survey (Coming soon): Our Online Community Survey will help us gather input from the community on potential greenhouse gas emissions reduction strategies, mitigation measures, and better understand community priorities. Input from the survey will be used in combination with feedback from Virtual Public Workshop #1 to inform the adaptation and mitigation measures in the draft CAAP. The survey will be released in a combined effort with Virtual Public Workshop #1, coming soon! 

Mobile Workshops: City staff will be attending events throughout the community to provide information about the CAAP and allow additional opportunities for residents to share their input. 
Please look out for the CAAP table near the Environmental Programs booth at the following events (check back for updates as we add more events to our calendar): 
City of Irvine Earth Day Event Saturday April 23 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM  

If you would like staff to present to your organization or event, please reach out to environmentalprograms@cityofirvine.org with any questions or to learn more.  

Equity 

Procedural equity focuses on increasing opportunities for engagement and ownership in decision-making, in all aspects of climate action planning, by the communities that will be disproportionately impacted and most vulnerable to climate change. Equity is a key component of our outreach process, so we are taking steps to ensure we engage with hard-to-reach groups in Irvine. We are connecting with community groups to target communities that are under-represented and may not have been contacted through our general outreach. Additionally, we will offer materials in other languages as we coordinate with groups that may need that option. 

Please reach out to environmentalprograms@cityofirvine.org with any questions about our CAAP outreach effort or to learn more. 

Cool Irvine Program 

The CAAP provides a pathway to reduce the City’s municipal and community emissions. In order to achieve our climate goals, taking steps to reduce emissions in our day to day lives remains a key component. To this end, we have launched the Cool Block Program to empower residents to take climate action through neighborhood education on environmental issues and Cool Block teams that pledge meaningful actions to reducing household emissions. 

In addition to the Cool Block program, the Cool Irvine initiative will explore leading edge sustainability initiatives to drive the development of greenhouse gas reduction measures as we rethink our approach to carbon neutrality as a community. 

To learn about how you can take steps towards climate action today and be a Cool Block leader in your community, or simply to learn more about the program, please visit the Cool Irvine website.   

A History of Environmental Leadership in Irvine

The City of Irvine has a strong history of environmental stewardship, including support from Irvine voters for Measure S in 2010, the Sustainable Community Initiative. This ordinance outlines renewable energy and environmental programs to support a sustainable community in Irvine.  

The City of Irvine has taken several steps to identify climate impacts, and begin preparing for a climate resilient future, by completing a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan and a Strategic Energy Plan. The City of Irvine also led the formation of the first Community Choice Energy initiative in Orange County in an effort to give consumers clean energy choices, and reduce GHG emissions.

Recognizing the climate impacts of drought, extreme heat, and wildfires already being felt in Irvine and the Southern California region, the community and the City Council requested the development of a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) for Irvine. 

On June 9, 2021, the City's Green Ribbon Environmental Committee supported City staff's recommendation to award a professional services contract to Ascent Environmental to work on the CAAP for Irvine. On June 22, 2021, the City Council directed staff to award the contract, and begin the climate process for the community. On August 10, 2021 the City Council adopted the "Addressing Climate Change in Irvine's Environment, Values, and Energy Sources" resolution, known as the Irvine ACHIEVES resolution, to help guide the development of the City's climate plans and climate action efforts.