The Mayors’ Commission on Climate Change will be conducting its fourth public meeting on Thursday, August 1, 4:00 – 7:30 pm at the CalSTRS Boardroom in West Sacramento. The meeting will discuss recommendations for the Mobility sector that aim to reach the City of Sacramento and City of West Sacramento’s target of carbon zero by 2045. Presentations and discussions will be centered around the priority carbon zero strategies for the Mobility sector, as well as an amendment to the built environment strategy #1, an update on the City of West Sacramento’s Climate Action Plan timeline, community engagement, and more.
The meeting will be open to the public and allow for public comments regarding the Commission’s work. An RSVP is not required to attend.
In order to reach Carbon Zero by 2045, the Mayors’ Commission on Climate Change prioritized three draft strategies for the Built Environment.
Focus on facilitating and supporting future growth in areas consistent with the regional Sustainable Communities Strategy1 , with an emphasis on catalyzing infill and transformation in existing centers and corridors. All growth should be consistent with Blueprint2 principles of compact communities, natural resource conservation, productive use of existing assets, housing diversity, and mixed use.
“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.”
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg
“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.”
West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon
The Commission will include experts and community leaders who will convene public meetings and conduct roundtable discussions with business leaders and other key stakeholders. Subgroups will dive deep into three key sectors – the built environment, mobility, and community health and resilience – and create recommendations to take to the full Commission for consideration.
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’s Steinberg 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
“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.”
Anne Stausboll, Chair of the Mayors’ Commission on Climate Change
“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 #3 | May 29, 2019
- Priority Built Environment Strategies
- Meeting Agenda
- Meeting Minutes
- Background Materials