Climate Action Plan

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The City of South Lake Tahoe (City) is currently working to develop the City’s first Climate Action Plan (CAP), which will serve as a long-term plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from community activities as well as prepare for the impacts of climate change. 


What is a CAP?

A climate action plan is a detailed and strategic framework for measuring, planning, and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and related climatic impacts. Municipalities design and utilize CAPs as customized roadmaps for making informed decisions and understanding where and how to achieve the largest and most cost-effective emissions reductions that are in alignment with other municipal goals.


Climate action plans include strategies for reducing GHG emissions from various community activities organized into sectors, which include transportation, energy, land use, carbon sequestration, water, and solid waste. They also contain specific guidance for effectively implementing emissions reduction measures. It is becoming more common to include adaptation in CAPs as well.


Why complete a CAP?

Many local and state governments have enacted emissions reduction requirements. The State of California has implemented emissions reduction targets through AB 32 and SB 32, and has set a goal of carbon neutrality by 2045. The City of South Lake Tahoe has built on these goals and adopted its own targets, which are more progressive than the State’s. A CAP provides the guidance that communities need to reach these goals. 


In addition to addressing climate change, the CAP will provide numerous co-benefits. Emissions reduction strategies will be crafted to provide benefits to public health and safety, economic sustainability, local environmental quality, community resilience, and equity.


Community Engagement Process

In December 2019, the CAP Public Kick-Off Meeting was held to inform residents of the CAP process and solicit input. The feedback from that meeting was used to develop draft emissions reduction strategies, which were reviewed and revised by City staff and relevant stakeholder agencies. A survey for the South Lake Tahoe community to comment on the draft CAP strategies was released, and the public feedback was taken into consideration in developing the CAP.  The draft CAP document will be released in August 2020, and the public review period will close on September 18th, 2020.


Draft Climate Action Plan

The draft CAP can be reviewed here. Please direct any feedback, comments, or questions to Meredith Anderson at There will be a public Zoom webinar on Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 to discuss the draft CAP. The registration link can be found here.

Public Webinar

We will hold a webinar to discuss the details on the draft climate action plan. Wednesday, September 9th from 5:00-6:00 PM. To join, click here, or dial in using your phone at +1 (408) 650-3123 and use the access code 624-574-797.

CAP September Public Meeting (1)