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SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 17, 2019) – Today, San Antonio City Council made history with the adoption of the City’s first Climate Action and Adaption Plan, approved by a 10-1 vote. With a commitment to climate equity, the plan includes strategies for reducing San Antonio’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and building the city’s resilience. The plan serves as a pathway to meet the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement, which City Council supported with a resolution on June 22, 2017.
“The climate plan we approved today is a framework for a more sustainable and equitable future in San Antonio,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “Acting to address climate change is a moral and economic imperative. We have no acceptable alternative. As we work to mitigate climate change we also will be mitigating the economic damage that extreme weather will bring. Cost avoidance is an important part of the strategy. The CAAP is only the beginning. We will now work on implementation with public input and thorough cost-benefit analysis.”
The CAAP was developed with an extensive public input process. The first draft of the CAAP was released for public comment in January 2019. In August, a second draft was released for additional public feedback. Each draft of the CAAP has been revised to reflect stakeholder input while staying true to the goal of carbon-neutrality by 2050. Thousands participated in the plan’s development, with more than 6,500 people submitting surveys. The City’s Office of Sustainability also hosted or attended more than 360 events to engage the public.
“Protection from floods, healthy air, green careers, more trees, a city prepared for the future—our Climate Action and Adaptation Plan sets out to accomplish each of these and more,” said District 7 Councilwoman Ana E. Sandoval. “Today’s vote affirms our commitment to protecting the people and places we hold dear while advancing our city.”
Throughout the next several months, SA Climate Ready will work with the City Council to establish a Technical and Community Advisory Committee as well as a Climate Equity Advisory Committee. These committees will provide expertise and input, gather and review the latest scientific information and best practices, deliver annual reports, work with City Boards and Commissions and engage the public, among other actions. Additionally, SA Climate Ready will begin with near term mitigation and adaption goals and develop several tools such as Implementation Tracking, GHG Impact and Cost-Benefit. To view near term goals and target implementation dates, visit saclimateready.org.
“This plan sets a clear system of reporting, updating and transparency,” said Chief Sustainability Officer Doug Melnick. “It’s important for San Antonio to have a plan in place to show that we are forward thinking, that we are aware that this is a major challenge that we have to work on and that we don’t want to be left behind or at a competitive disadvantage to other cities who are taking leadership roles in this. This is San Antonio’s first step in saying we believe this is extremely important, and this plan provides us with a pathway to try to do our part.”
SA Climate Ready plans to reassess and update the CAAP every three to five years, or as directed by City Council, from the adoption date and complete a full greenhouse gas inventory assessment every two years.
To view the adopted draft of the CAAP, visit saclimateready.org.