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Climate Action Plan

Overview

In November 2009, the City Council accepted Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds from the Federal Department of Energy to undertake several projects to increase energy efficiency.  One of these projects was the drafting of a Climate Action Plan (CAP).  The Climate Action Plan (CAP) is a stand-alone community-based policy document that establishes a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions achieved through implementation of a variety of actions, that when implemented, will help to achieve broadly-supported community values including: 1) protecting our water and air resources; 2) reducing the waste-stream to the landfill; 3) improving energy-efficiency; 4) enhancing choice in mobility; and 5) creating healthy and livable communities, while at the same time reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The greenhouse gas reduction opportunities come from a wide variety of sources in the community, including but not limited to transportation, buildings, and water conservation. 

Drafting the Climate Action Plan - Public Involvement

In December 2010, the Merced City Council appointed an 18-member Climate Action Plan Advisory Ad-Hoc Committee. The committee met monthly with Staff from January 2011 through September 2011, to prepare the draft Climate Action Plan.   The Committee consisted of citizens, representatives of schools, colleges and universities, public entities, utilities, environmental advocacy and conservation groups, the building and development community, “green-jobs” industry; and local chambers of commerce representatives.  The Committee acted in an advisory role to City Staff.   Key advice and direction from the Committee included: 1) Initial actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions should be those with the least financial or regulatory resistance; 2) Community partnerships need to be forged and expanded; 3) Set broad goals, but let individuals (builders, business owners, etc.) select specific methods to achieve them; 4) Pursue actions, not simply based on its GHG reduction potential, but on the suite of benefits that it can provide the community; 5) Attainment of the target is grounded in the leadership model set by Council to implement the Plan; and, 6) Focus on the “what” of the plan, not the “how” – meaning the field of feasible and effective actions will continually change, whereas the Plan’s values and goals will provide long-term implementation direction.

In August 2012, the City's Economic Development Advisory Committee unanimously recommended approval of the Climate Action Plan with inclusion of a "Statement of Intent" that was placed in the Implementation Chapter of the CAP.

Implementation

The actions that we take today will ensure a sustainable future tomorrow.  The Merced Community consists of an array of interested citizens and groups each containing the ability and energy to implement in whole, or as partners with others, many of the ideas and actions expressed in the Climate Action Plan.  Such independent and community-based spirit is celebrated and encouraged. Implementation of Merced’s CAP will only be accomplished with the help and participation of an engaged community.
 
In 2013, the City of Meced launched an effort, building upon the CAP, to create a suite of tools to identify and monitor near-term community greenhouse gas emision reduction efforts, adoption of new development-related codes, and to create an urban design manual that graphically demonstrates City development policies and codes in a user-friendly format. Collectively, these tools will from the Programmatic Climate Action Plan, or PCAP. With these new tools in hand, the City will simplify the development review process, especially in regards to a projects state-mandated review under the California Enivironmental  Quality Act (CEQA).

Click here to go to the PCAP webpage

Development Services - Grant Projects - Climate Action Plan - Adopted Climate Action Plan
Contains all chapters and appendix docs of the Climate Action Plan adopted by the City Council on October 1, 2012.
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0_Introduction
File Name: 0_121001_Adopted INTRO.pdf
Revision Date: 11/2/2012
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1_Executive Summary
File Name: 1_121001_Adopted EXECUTIVE SUMMARY.pdf
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2_Context of Climate Action Planning
File Name: 2_121001_Adopted CONTEXT.pdf
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3_Capacity Opportunities and Constraints
File Name: 3_121001_Adopted CAPACITY ASSESSMENT.pdf
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4_Recommended Strategies and Actions
File Name: 4_121001_Adopted STRATEGIES and ACTIONS.pdf
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5_Plan Implementation
File Name: 5_121001_Adopted IMPLEMENTATION.pdf
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6a_Appendix_Acronyms & Glossary
File Name: 6a_121001_Adopted ACRONYMS_GLOSSARY.pdf
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6b_Appendix_Implementation Factors
File Name: 6b_121001_Adopted IMPLEMENTATION FACTORS.pdf
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6c_Appendix_Plan Citations and References
File Name: 6c_121001_ Adopted REFERENCES.pdf
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6d_Appendix_Emission Backcast and Forecast
File Name: 6d_121001_Adopted BACKCAST_FORECAST.pdf
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6e_Appendix_Development Related Actions
File Name: 6e_121001_DEVELOPMENT RELATED ACTIONS.pdf
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6f_Appendix_Supportive General Plan Policies
File Name: 6f_121001_SUPPORTING GENERAL PLAN POLICIES.pdf
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6g_Appendix_Cost Estimate for Energy Upgrade
File Name: 6g_121001_COST ESTIMATE FOR ENERGY UPGRADE.pdf
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6h_Appendix_Resolution to Approve the CAP
File Name: 6h_121001_Resolution to Approve the CAP.pdf
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6i_Appendix_Catalog of Recommended Actions by Type
File Name: 6i_121001_CATALOG OF RECOMMENDED ACTIONS BY TYPE.pdf
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6j_Appendix_Business Related Actions
File Name: 6j_121001_BUSINESS RELATED RECOMMENDED ACTIONS.pdf
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Plan Cover
File Name: Cover_121001_Adopted.pdf
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Development Services - Grant Projects - Climate Action Plan - Background Report
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01-Climate Action Plan Background Report--Part 1
File Name: CAP Background Rpt Part 1.pdf
Revision Date: 1/6/2011
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02-Climate Action Plan Background Report--Part 2
File Name: CAP Background Rpt Part 2.pdf
Revision Date: 1/6/2011
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03-CAP Background Report--Appendices
File Name: CAP Appendices.pdf
Revision Date: 4/18/2011
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