Climate Action Plan
Butte County Climate Action Plan (CAP)
View the Climate Action Plan Update 2020 to 2021 page for more information.
Butte County wins Sacramento Valley Chapter American Planning Association Award for Climate Action Plan
Update On February 25, 2014, the Butte County Board of Supervisors approved the Climate Action Plan.
Additional information provided by staff to the Board for the consideration of the adoption of the Butte County Climate Action Plan
The Butte County Department of Development Services coordinated the preparation of the community-wide Climate Action Plan (CAP) for the unincorporated area of Butte County. The CAP implements the County's General Plan 2030 (adopted in 2010) by providing goals, measures, and actions to improve the quality of life in the County. The CAP contains programs and actions that are designed to help the County sustain its natural resources, grow efficiently, ensure long-term resiliency to a changing environmental and economic climate, and improve transportation. The CAP also supports statewide greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals identified in Assembly Bill (AB) 32 and Senate Bill (SB) 375. Greenhouse gasses trap heat in the atmosphere; the buildup of greenhouse gasses from human sources is warming the planet and changing the climate (State of California, Governors Office of Planning and Research 2011). The CAP will reduce the local contribution of greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere by targeting both community-wide activities and County government operations.
The County has completed a community-wide greenhouse gas emissions inventory, an important first step in completing the CAP. The inventory was prepared as part of the County's General Plan update. The CAP used the existing inventory to set reduction targets and identify appropriate strategies. The County also undertook an inventory of local government actions to assess how Butte County can become more efficient and reduce the generation of greenhouse gas emissions. The CAP builds on existing efforts of County departments, businesses, and community groups to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and identify future efforts needed to be consistent with statewide targets identified in AB 32. The CAP includes performance metrics and tracking tools to monitor future progress.