City of Santa Monica is One of 122 Global Cities and Counties Named Climate Action Leaders on CDP 2022 A List
November 21, 2022 1:36 PM
SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Santa Monica has been recognized by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) as one of 122 cities and counties across the globe that have attained this best-in-class rating for carbon reduction and disclosure efforts. In 2022, just over one in 10 local governments scored by CDP (12% of such local governments) received an A.
To score an A, among other actions, a local government must disclose publicly through CDP-ICLEI Track, have a community-wide emissions inventory and have published a climate action plan. It must also complete a climate risk and vulnerability assessment and have a climate adaptation plan to demonstrate how it will tackle climate hazards. Many A List cities and counties are also taking a variety of other leadership actions, such as political commitment from a city’s Mayor to tackle climate change. Santa Monica takes pride in its commitment to climate action by having all the ‘A’ list measures accounted for.
Santa Monica is working to implement its Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP), which includes goals of 80% greenhouse gas emissions reduction below 1990 levels by 2030, and carbon neutrality by 2050 or sooner. The City is focusing on zero net carbon buildings, zero waste initiatives, sustainable transportation, and water self-sufficiency as key sustainability initiatives. Climate adaptation measures focus on increasing community resilience to climate change, retrofitting existing buildings, and preparing for the coastal impacts of climate change through dune restoration projects.
“Santa Monica is proud to be recognized by CDP for its efforts to reduce carbon emissions and create a sustainable community,” said Chief Sustainability Officer Shannon Parry. “Collective action by cities is critical to mitigating the global effects of climate change and shows what’s possible when leaders share best practices in this space.”
For more information about Santa Monica’s commitment to sustainability and the environment, visit santamonica.gov/categories/programs/sustainability-and-the-environment.
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Programs, Sustainability and the Environment
Office of Sustainability and the Environment