Californians are already experiencing impacts from climate change (California Natural Resources Agency, 2009), and a wide variety of impacts are likely to be felt with increasing magnitude as the concentration of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere continues to rise (City of Santa Cruz, 2011).

To help address climate change, the County of Santa Cruz has adopted a Climate Action Strategy (CAS). The first portion of the CAS reports the results of the GHG emissions inventory for Santa Cruz County, proposes targets for GHG reduction and outlines strategies and implementing actions to achieve the targets. The second portion focuses on vulnerability assessment and strategies for adapting to the types of impacts that are likely to occur in Santa Cruz County. The CAS incorporates input from the local community and non-governmental agencies that are working to mitigate and respond to climate change. Learn more.

In addition, the County of Santa Cruz was a founding member and fiscal sponsor for the creation of Central Coast Community Energy.

Central Coast Community Energy is a Community Choice Energy agency established by local communities to source clean and renewable electricity for Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties and now parts of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties while retaining your utility provider’s traditional role delivering power and maintaining electric infrastructure as well as billing.

Central Coast Community Energy is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through local control of utility scale renewable electricity generation provided at competitive rates and the implementation of innovative energy programs that facilitate the electrification of the transportation and built environments. 3CE promotes long-term electric rate stability and energy security while reducing reliance on fossil fuels and stimulating the local economy.

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