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Published on Friday, February 22, 2019

Community input period extended for Climate Action and Adaptation Plan

Speak Up through March 26

CONTACT: Ashley Alvarez, 210-207-2098
ashley.alvarez@sanantonio.gov

 

SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 22, 2019) – Due to a tremendous amount of interest in the plan, the public comment period on the draft Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) has been extended through March 26.

 

“Over the last few weeks, we’ve had great dialog,” Chief Sustainability Officer Doug Melnick said. “We want to keep those conversations going—organizations and community groups have requested presentations and the goal is to make sure that everyone, whether a resident or stakeholder group, has the opportunity to be engaged.”

 

The CAAP includes strategies for reducing San Antonio’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapting the city to the effects of climate change. Community input will be reviewed and considered in the updated plan, which will go before City Council for consideration in May.

 

“We’re committed to successful adoption of the CAAP, of which continued involvement and input from San Antonians is essential,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg said.

 

“This plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is for the health of San Antonio’s future and will benefit our residents’ quality of life for generations to come,” added District 7 City Councilwoman Ana Sandoval. “It’s important that we let the community guide us as we develop a practical, responsible plan.”

 

The public is invited to join the conversation by visiting saspeakup.com/Surveys. To view the draft plan, visit saclimateready.org/about-us/draft-climate-action-adaptation-plan/.

 

The final plan will serve as a pathway to meet the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement, which City Council supported with a resolution on June 22, 2017. Both mitigation strategies, aiming to reduce or prevent GHG emissions, and adaptation strategies aiming to prepare the community, municipal government operations, and other key sectors for the anticipated impacts of climate change are included within five categories: energy and buildings; transportation and land use; waste and consumption; water and natural resources; and climate equity.

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