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Climate Action Plan (CAP) 2.0

Climate Action Plan 2.0 (CAP 2.0) is a new framework that updates the adopted Climate Action Plan and accelerates local action to further prevent climate change. This framework will map the path toward achieving more ambitious, longer term greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions between now and 2050, with the intention of building a healthier and more sustainable community for Sunnyvale residents, businesses and visitors.

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Nupur Hiremath, Sustainability Coordinator, 408-730-7743

Community Engagement

CAP 2.0 is a community-driven process to accelerate climate action. Community ideas and input will be gathered in multiple ways, including public events and workshops and an interactive online portal.

Throughout the spring of 2018, we invited the community share ideas for how we might become a carbon-neutral community by participating in the online Innovate Climate Action in Sunnyvale Challenge.

CAP 2.0 Advisory Committee

The CAP 2.0 Advisory Committee (CAC) is a community advisory committee that will guide the development of CAP 2.0.  The CAC consists of the members who represent diverse groups in the City as follows:

  • Residents:  Andrew Ma; Padmavathy Mahadevan
  • Volunteer and Community Groups: Sue Serrone; James Tuleya, CAC Vice Chair
  • Small business: Anne Ashini Fernando
  • Large business: Drew Wenzel
  • Real estate: Mandy Abend
  • City Commissions: John Cordes, Bicycle and Pedestrian; Sue Harrison, Planning; Stephen Joesten, Sustainability; Kristel Wickham, CAC Chair, Sustainability
  • Alternates: Jasneet Sharma; Douglas Kunz

Agendas, minutes, and recordings of CAC meetings

CAP 2.0 is a framework of guiding principles and key strategies to be used by the City and the community to plan and implement long-term climate actions.

This framework will include bold, breakthrough ideas generated by our community for our community, that will pave the way toward meeting or exceeding the State GHG emissions targets of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

CAP 2.0 will engage the enthusiasm of Sunnyvale’s community and the innovation of local technology companies along with the creative, can-do Silicon Valley spirit, as these are integral to developing a plan that is aspirational, achievable and adaptable.

A tentative timeline for CAP 2.0 is as follows:
September 2017 – CAC Launch
November 2017 through June 2018 – Technical Evaluations
November 2017 through October 2018 – Community Engagement
August or September 2018 – Draft CAP 2.0 Released 
December 2018 – CAP 2.0 to Council 

Climate Action Plan 
Sunnyvale CAP Biennial Progress Report 2016 
CAP 2.0 Initiative – Work Plan 
Draft CAP 2.0 documents will be posted for public comment when available.

History of Climate Action in Sunnyvale

The City of Sunnyvale’s first Climate Action Plan (CAP 1.0), adopted in 2014, includes nearly 130 actions for reducing community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 
As of 2014, the City was on track to meet the State targets of achieving 1990 emission levels by 2020 (equivalent to a 15 percent reduction below the 2008 baseline levels). 

Rationale for CAP 2.0

As a climate action leader, California has continued to demonstrate its commitment to early and aggressive action on climate change. The State Legislature and Governor have adopted ambitious targets to encourage greater climate action, including statewide GHG emission reductions of:

  • 15 percent below baseline levels (equivalent to 1990 levels) by 2020 (AB 32, 2006)
  • 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 (SB 32, 2016)
  • 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 (S-3-05, 2005). 

Although CAP 1.0 set the City on track to meet or exceed the State’s 2020 GHG emissions reduction target, it was not designed to identify how more ambitious and longer term targets for 2030 and 2050 could be achieved through significant changes in lifestyle and emerging technologies.

To make progress toward significant and longer term GHG reductions, the City Council adopted Accelerating Climate Action as a Council Policy Priority in January 2017. To address Council’s Priority, staff is developing an updated climate action plan – CAP 2.0 – that will guide the City and community in achieving or exceeding the State’s 2030 and 2050 targets.

Last Updated: Feb 5, 2019