Climate Action Plan Update

The City is currently updating its Climate Action Plan (CAP) for this decade of climate action. The City's new carbon neutrality goal forms the basis of the CAP update, or "CAP 2.0," setting Fremont on the pathway to a sustainable, vibrant, and healthy community that supports the environment.

Within "CAP 2.0," efforts to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting from activity in the energy, water, waste, and transportation sectors will be paired with efforts to sequester—or draw down—carbon dioxide and other GHGs from the atmosphere, so that by the year 2045, no new net greenhouse gases will be emitted. In addition, the City will explore efforts to enhance the community’s resiliency to future climatic changes as well as to adapt to changes that are already underway.

Climate Action Plan Update Timeline

CAP Update Timeline

Community Engagement, Visioning, and Forecasting

City staff has been working closely with a technical consultant to update community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories, conduct future GHG emissions forecasting, and create a preliminary list of CAP measures to be vetted by staff, key stakeholders, and the community. Staff has also been conducting robust community engagement efforts such as:

  • meeting with key stakeholder groups (e.g., youth, seniors, businesses, cultural organizations, and affordable housing developers),
  • hosting virtual community workshops (see September workshop information below), and
  • presenting to several City boards, commissions, and committees.
Over the coming months, staff plans to host additional community workshops, as well as launch an online community engagement forum to gather input and suggestions from the community on measures they would like to see incorporated in the updated CAP.

First Community Engagement Workshop: September 22, 2020

The following materials from the first Climate Action Plan Community Workshop are available below:

CAP Community Workshop #1 Presentation

Climate Action Plan Community Workshop Presentation

CAP Community Workshop #1 Live Polling Results

Climate Action Community Workshop Live Polling

Future Community Engagement Workshops

  • Late November: Potential GHG Reduction Measure List Review
  • Mid-December: Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Efforts

Community Input and Actions

Climate action is a team sport, and community participation is key to the success of the City’s climate change goals in near and long term. Community input is highly valuable as the City's Sustainability team works to define and prioritize actions for the CAP update that will guide the City’s efforts in the coming years. There are several ways community members can share their perspective during the update process.

  1. Attend an engagement workshop. See information above.
  2. Sign up for the Fremont Green Challenge to log your sustainability and climate actions. Earn points and compete against your friends and neighbors as you do your part to move Fremont towards its climate goals.
  3. Take climate action where you are. Do you have an idea about how your organization, company, or neighborhood can help address climate action in Fremont? Lead an initiative, organize a group, or hold a virtual event. Feel free to reach out to the Sustainability team by email if you have ideas or questions.

Imagine Post-Carbon Fremont

Clean air. Green energy. Natural spaces. Equitable development. A flurry of sustainable innovation in tech. 

How do you imagine a post-carbon Fremont? 

By 2045, the City’s goal is to have a net greenhouse gas footprint of zero carbon emissions. This means no emissions from electricity, transportation, buildings, or other current sources. Climate action will change the way we live, move, work, and play while offering us new benefits and opportunities for everyone to thrive.

Do you have a vision for what your life will be like in a Post-Carbon Fremont? What will it look and feel like? Can you describe a day in your life in 2045? As part of updating the Climate Action Plan, the Sustainability team is seeking your creative view on a Post-Carbon Fremont. 

Submit your visual or narrative (500 words or less) by email. Please provide your name and contact information and specify if you would like your entry to remain anonymous. Community submissions will be collected and may be used during community engagement events or as visuals in the CAP update document.

The City passed its first 
Climate Action Plan in 2012 with the goal of reducing municipal and community-wide greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2020 from a 2005 baseline level. Some implementation successes include improving bike and pedestrian infrastructure, upgrading City streetlights with high-efficiency LEDs, requiring all businesses to recycle, and establishing mandatory solar requirements for new residential construction. 

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