Climate Action and Adaptation Plan
In 2021, The City of Irvine embarked on developing its first Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP). The CAAP will set 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 (GHG) 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-smart 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 carbon neutrality goal, as well as the City’s ambitious zero carbon 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 and 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 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.
- City of Irvine Draft Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report
- City of Irvine Draft Greenhouse Gas Inventory Slides
- CAAP Factsheet
- CAAP Public Workshop Presentation Deck
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 conserve Irvine for future generations. Please see the opportunities below to get involved. Check back here for updates.
CAAP Public Workshop: December 6
Save the date for the City of Irvine Climate Action & Adaptation Plan (CAAP) Public Workshop. Join us at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, December 6, at the Irvine Civic Center — CTC for an in-person workshop where staff will review the goals of Irvine's CAAP, share information on the municipal and community greenhouse gas inventory, and provide a chance for the public to interactively engage with the City and their peers around emissions reductions measures.
RSVP is appreciated, but not required. For more information or to RSVP, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those unable to attend the workshop, please review the draft GHG Inventory materials and the CAAP Public Workshop presentation above, and submit your feedback to email@example.com.
Online Community Survey
Our Online Community Survey will help us gather input from the community on potential greenhouse gas emissions reduction strategies, mitigation measures, and help us better understand community priorities. Input from the survey will be used in combination with feedback from our public workshops to inform the adaptation and mitigation measures in the draft CAAP. Instruction on how to provide your feedback is included on the survey webpage, thank you for your feedback and participation! Please visit irvinecaap.consider.it to access the survey.
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. If you would like staff to present to your organization or event, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to learn more.
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 email@example.com 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 reduce 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.