“As we’ve witnessed this summer, the potential impacts of climate change on our community are daunting. This initiative gives us the opportunity to accelerate efforts to ensure a healthy and livable Sacramento for our children and grandchildren.”
COVID-19 Update [April 15 Meeting Cancellation]
Dear Climate Commission Stakeholders,
We have determined that in light of the current challenging circumstances it is necessary to reevaluate the Mayors’ Climate Commission timeline.
We know all of you are impacted by COVID-19 and related business and school closures and the shelter in place mandates. Our community and our leaders are working at maximum capacity to address the many aspects of the COVID crisis.
In light of all this, we are canceling the April 15th Commission meeting.
That being said, climate change continues to be a crisis. The Commission has generated significant momentum, which we cannot afford to lose. And we are learning important lessons in real time about how quickly our society can actually reduce its carbon footprint.
Our next meeting is tentatively planned for the May 13 date. We will be in touch in the next few weeks with information about how to participate in the meeting and how to provide input. You can also check this website for updates, resources and engagement opportunities.
In the meantime our hearts go out to all of you in this difficult time.
Anne Stausboll, Chair, Mayors’ Climate Commission
Kate Meis, Executive Director, Local Government Commission
We asked students at the University Climate Change Summit at Sacramento State to share their vision for a sustainable future in Sacramento and West Sacramento.
Here’s what they shared with us:
Mayor Darrell Steinberg, City of Sacramento
“By working together, we can accelerate and shape the transition to a clean energy economy that’s already occurring to ensure that it benefits our local businesses and residents. We can strengthen Sacramento’s position as a hub for investment in clean technologies and promote social equity and economic prosperity for all.”
Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, City of West Sacramento
“The City of West Sacramento is partnering with the City of Sacramento on this effort to provide input and feedback on climate policies that can not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions but promote our shared goals for equitable mobility and sustainable communities. We look forward to adding our perspective to this collective effort, resulting in strategies that can have a truly regional impact.”
To inform the work of the Commission, several Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) have been established, focusing on Built Environment, Mobility, and Community Health & Resiliency, as well as a new TAC on Finance. Each TAC, comprised of technical experts and community leaders, will develop and present recommendations for the Commission to consider. In addition to the TACs, a series of Equity and Business Roundtables will be conducted to support the Commission in its objective to advance social equity and economic prosperity.
What is the Mayors’ Commission on Climate Change?
Mayor Steinberg and Mayor Cabaldon recognize how critical it is to prepare for the impacts of climate change in our region, including rising temperatures, droughts, fires, and floods. We must not only combat these impacts to improve our environment and public health but also to ensure a thriving business environment that attracts workers and investments into the city.
With an urgent need to take action, Mayor Steinberg and Mayor Cabaldon are leading the Mayors’ Commission on Climate Change to develop a common vision and set of strategies for both cities to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions, referred to as Carbon Zero, by 2045. The Commission aims to:
- Establish goals and priority areas of action to achieve Carbon Zero by 2045
- Strengthen local and regional partnerships to address climate change and increase resiliency
- Engage community members and business leaders to build political support for robust climate action
- Provide a forum to develop and vet the guiding principles of ambitious strategies within the City of Sacramento and West Sacramento’s Climate Action Plans
- Advance social equity and economic prosperity
- Attract additional investments into the region
“The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (Sac Metro Air District) is pleased to support Mayor Steinberg’s leadership on the environment… This is a very timely commitment to accelerated local action, which seems to be our best hope. We are ready to do our part. As the agency responsible for advancing clean air and climate action in the capital region, the Sac Metro Air District is committed to strong, coordinated, and expanded regional efforts that improve air quality in all communities and bring the benefits of low-carbon development.”
Alberto Ayala, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
“I would like to thank Mayor Steinberg for his steadfast commitment to improving our climate and his acknowledgment that public transportation plays an important role not only in reducing congestion in the region, but also improving air quality. SacRT provides clean, safe and convenient transit options throughout the Sacramento region… We look forward to rolling up our sleeves and working hand in hand with the Mayor’s Commission to make a significant difference in our community.”
Henry Li, Sacramento Regional Transit District
Meeting #7 | February 3, 2020
Meeting #6 | December 2, 2019
Meeting #5 | October 23, 2019
Meeting #4 | August 1, 2019
Meeting #3 | May 29, 2019
- Priority Built Environment Strategies
- Meeting Agenda
- Meeting Minutes
- Background Materials: