Watsonville 2030 Climate Action & Adaptation Plan
The City of Watsonville is embarking on an important effort for climate action, adaptation, and restoration over the next decade. The City created a Climate Action Plan (PDF) in 2015 and is now updating and expanding the plan to reduce Watsonville’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, combat the impacts of climate change, and explore realistic options for restoring and repairing its natural environment. The 2030 Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) will chart a clear path to address the risks and challenges Watsonville could face, such as sea-level rise, increased temperatures, heavier and more intense storms, air pollution, increased health problems and increased strain on an already impacted water supply.
- The Climate Action component will be based on the City’s 2017 GHG inventory compiled by the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG). The outcome of this analysis will be a set of emission reduction targets for meeting the City’s stated GHG reduction goals. Mitigation actions will be characterized by their potential to reduce GHG emission, implementation timeframe, cost, community support, and ability to provide additional community benefits. Example mitigation strategies include the installation of EV charging stations, promoting active transportation, and energy efficiency improvements.
- The Climate Adaptation component will be based on the City’s recent 2020 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (natural disaster preparedness). It will also consider additional risks, including agricultural impacts, grid reliability, and potential influxes of short-term or long-term climate migrants. Potential adaptation strategies will categorize by their risk-reduction potential (effectiveness), implementation timeframe, cost, community support, and ability to provide additional community benefits. Some example adaptation strategies include installing emergency generators, designating community cooling centers, developing distributed energy systems, and increasing tree canopy and green infrastructure.
- The Repair and Restoration component will include specific solutions and methods of sequestering carbon and undoing the damage caused by climate change that are viable and applicable to our community. The results and actions from this initiative will be integrated into the CAAP as a 2021 plan update to the initial draft.
CAAP Community Survey
Climate Action Plan Progress Report 2015-2018 The City’s first Climate Action Plan was adopted by Council in 2015 and since then, many accomplishments have been made in transportation, energy, water conservation, wastewater, solid waste, and green building.
One of the most significant reductions in our GHG emission was due to Watsonville’s participation in the Monterey Bay Community Power project, which has been providing the community with 100% carbon-free and renewable energy since 2018. Other improvements include converting traffic signals and street lights to energy-saving LED’s; adding green bike lanes and trails; and installing solar panels on city facilities. The full progress report is available below and it showcases how Watsonville accomplished a 21.7% GHG reduction. This progress was made possible thanks to everyone’s actions and sustained commitment to keep us moving towards a more “climate-friendly” Watsonville.
- Climate Action Plan 2018 Progress Report (Public Review: February, 2019)
- Climate Action Plan 2015-2018 Progress Report(Powerpoint Presentation)