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Irvine Climate Action Plan League Of Cities Conference 3.26.10

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Status Update and Important Lessons Learned from CAP for other cities and consultants

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Irvine Climate Action Plan League Of Cities Conference 3.26.10

  1. 1. L EAGUE OF CA C ITIES P LANNER ’ S I NSTITUTE M ONTEREY, CA M ARCH 26, 2010 CITY OF IRVINE DRAFT CLIMATE ACTION PLAN CHANGING CLIMATE, CHANGING REGULATIONS: CLIMATE -PROOFING YOUR COMMUNITY
  2. 2. LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONUNDRUM  Uncertainty for Project Applicants  How do they account for GHG mitigation when a Climate Action Plan (CAP) is not in place?  Climate Change must be addressed in local planning efforts… But how?  California Environmental Quality Act  Review of individual project  Include General Plan Update
  3. 3. W HY D O A C LIMATE A CTION P LAN ?  Long-standing environmental leadership (1971)  Signed U.S. Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement (2006)  Protection against litigation from Attorney General via AB 32 (2006)  Streamlined CEQA Review (2007)  Implementation of City’s adopted Energy Plan (2008)  Required for EE & Conservation Strategy (2009)
  4. 4. 6 M ILESTONE P ROCESS Leadership Commitment Monitor/Evaluate Inventory Progress Emissions Implement Climate Establish Target Action Plan Develop Climate Action Plan
  5. 5. I RVINE ’ S P ROCESS Bring ICLEI* database down from regional to Irvine-specific: Transportation Water Utilities * ICLEI =International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives
  6. 6. SPATIAL ASSESSMENT PROTOCOL The CAP will be disaggregated from the community-wide scale to 50+ individual planning areas: Planning area-specific growth scenarios Potentially planning area-specific targets for growth and existing land use Planning area specific monitoring and reporting
  7. 7. M AJOR C OMPONENT OF E MISSIONS : T RANSPORTATION  At least 40% statewide emissions come from transportation  In most So Cal cities, 50-70% of emissions come from transportation  Most cities lack agriculture or manufacturing that contributes to statewide emissions  VMT has grown and is projected to grow even more in the future  Transportation will soon be the #1 fuel user in the Country
  8. 8. R ELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CAP AND E NERGY E FFICIENCY & C ONSERVATION B LOCK G RANTS
  9. 9. F UNDING GHG Protocol Development : Approx. $200K Climate Action Plan: Approx $235K Climate Action Plan Implementation: Approx $110K Web-based Monitoring and Verification : Approx. $100K Total Cost: $645K
  10. 10. L ESSONS L EARNED  Working with Public Works - Transportation Staff  Breaking down the technical details  Importance of vetting the analysis, modeling, and the assumptions that went into the model  Applies to Everyone!  Explaining “Why are we doing a CAP to begin with?”
  11. 11. L ESSONS L EARNED  Communication & presentation of materials is Critical!!  Within the City, external stakeholders, public education  This is unlike anything you’ve done before  Not legally mandated and no common standards  Do by trail and error
  12. 12. L ESSONS L EARNED  A quality inventory is key – appropriate level of detail  Don’t have any standard protocols  Choose the right consultants  The goal is implementation
  13. 13. L ESSONS L EARNED  Look at the CAP from a programmatic perspective  Make sure it is actually useful for Implementation  How are you going to fund these items?

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