The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors in April 2012 directed the Department of Conservation and Development to prepare a Climate Action Plan to address climate change impacts in the unincorporated area by reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).
On December 26, 2012, a Draft Climate Action Plan was completed and released by the department for public review and comment. This Draft Climate Action Plan identifies specific measures on how the County can achieve a GHG reduction target of 15% below baseline levels by the year 2020. In addition to reducing GHG, the Draft Climate Action Plan includes proposed policies and actions to improve public health and provide additional community benefits, and it lays the groundwork for achieving long-term greenhouse reduction goals for 2020 and 2035. The public review period on the Draft Climate Action Plan (and the accompanying California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) environmental review, Initial Study / Negative Declaration) runs to February 1, 2013.