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SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 30, 2019) – SA Climate Ready, an initiative led by the City of San Antonio, CPS Energy, the University of Texas at San Antonio and Navigant, has released the draft Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP). With a focus on equity, the plan includes strategies for reducing San Antonio’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and adapting the city to the effects of climate change. The CAAP is a data-driven plan that outlines the policies and steps that serve as a pathway to meet the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement, which City Council supported with a resolution on June 22, 2017.
“Through extensive community involvement, we’ve arrived at a plan that frames how San Antonio will guarantee our children and grandchildren have a healthy climate to live and thrive in,” said City Councilwoman Ana Sandoval. “Working together with this plan as our guide, we’ll curb climate change’s most disruptive effects.”
A city’s response to climate change can be framed around two separate pathways for action: mitigation and adaptation. San Antonio’s CAAP identifies strategies for both, presents a detailed discussion of these strategies and includes efforts to support planning and funding discussions. The CAAP also includes a community GHG inventory, climate projections and a path to carbon neutrality.
Above are examples of proposed strategies the public is invited to give feedback on
“While climate change is a global issue, the causes and effects are experienced at the local level,” said City of San Antonio Chief Sustainability Officer Douglas Melnick. “The strategies outlined in this plan will have multiple benefits to our community’s quality of life, economic competitiveness and resilience. As mitigation moves forward, the plan’s focus on equity acknowledges that the most vulnerable populations are at risk when it comes to climate change.”
The CAAP is the result of an intensive community process that brought together a diverse coalition of 91 community leaders as part of a Steering Committee and Technical Working Groups and solicited significant input from the community-at-large.
The public is invited to provide their feedback on the draft plan, as well as share their visions and priorities for a climate-ready San Antonio by visiting saspeakup.com or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. A public meeting on the draft CAAP will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 19 at Central Library, 600 Soledad.
To view the draft CAAP, visit saclimateready.org. Printed copies are also available in City of San Antonio public libraries.