Climate Action and Resiliency Plan

Community powered climate leadership.

Vision for the Climate Action and Resiliency Plan (CARP)

Alameda strives to be an innovative leader in achieving net zero carbon emissions and community resilience as soon as possible, and to serve as a model for similarly impacted cities to do the same. Our community members are a vital part of this ongoing process.


In March 2019, the City Council passed a Climate Emergency Declaration. Recognizing the “existential crisis” our city faces from sea-level rise (Resolution No. 15510).


Watch a video about the CARP produced by Alameda High School students. To view a PDF of the CARP, click here.

Three pillars of sustainability: environment, social equity, econominc vitality

Three Pillars of Sustainability

The CARP is grounded in the three overlapping pillars of sustainability, healthy environment, robust economy, and social equity. This means that individual actions and overarching strategies are all designed to produce outcomes that are socially equitable, ecologically restorative, and economically beneficial. This approach is key to Alameda’s long-term sustainability.

GHG Inventory and GHG Goals

Because Alameda Municipal Power is delivering 100% clean power to all Alamedans as of 2020, emissions in Alameda are predominantly from the transportation sector, with another large chunk from the burning of natural gas in buildings for heating. Achieving significant emissions reductions from transportation and building heating is critical for meeting Alameda’s ambitious 2030 goals.

Chart of 2020 BAU Emissions Forecast and Reductions

Above is the total emissions forecast for 2030 if we take no action ("bussiness as usual" or BAU). The red bars show the reductions in GHG emissions that are expected from actions the City committed to before launching the CARP and from new actions committed to in the CARP. The green bar shows the GHG emissions goal for 2030.

Alameda’s Climate Vulnerabilities

As a low-lying island and peninsula that is already at risk of shoreline flooding, Alameda is one of the most climate-vulnerable cities in California. Sea level rise and storm surge, extreme heat, earthquake liquefaction, poor air quality and smoke, drought, inland flooding and groundwater rise, and other hazards exacerbated by climate change all threaten Alameda’s quality of life and economy.

Alameda's changing climate: seal level rise and storm surge, extreme heat, earthquakes/liquefaciton, poor air quality/smoke, drought, inland flooding/groundwater

Alameda’s Climate Action Dashboard

Click on an image below to dive deeper in each of the areas that most contribute to and are most affected by climate change. Providing this data increases transparency and helps evaluate the success of our climate programs.

Transportation

Photo of a bus leaving a bus stop

Sea Level Rise & Flooding


Energy

A house with solar panels on the roof