Climate Action Plan

The Planning and Community Development Department has prepared a Climate Action Plan (CAP).  After several public comments and input from various City Departments, the City is excited to present the draft CAP document now available  here. We invite you to give your opinions and  provide input for changes to the document prior to a City Council hearing.



The global climate is changing, due in part to increases in concentrated emissions of GHG, such as carbon dioxide, over the last century.  These gases play a critical role in the Earth’s changing climate – these changes in in temperature can translate to potentially hazardous shifts in climate and weather. Many communities, including Pasadena, have seen changes in weather, with associated increases in droughts and intensified rains, as well as more frequent and severe heat waves. As the changes become more pronounced in the coming decades, they will most likely present challenges to human health and welfare, the economy, and ecosystems.

In 2006, with the passage of the Global Warming Solutions Act, Assembly Bill (AB) 32, California became the first state in the U.S. to mandate state-wide reductions in GHG emissions as an effort to combat climate change. AB 32 sets a state-wide target to reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. In 2016, the enactment of Senate Bill (SB) 32 extended this commitment by raising the state-wide emissions target to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. Overall, California’s state-wide target is to reduce emissions 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.




Pasadena CAP

Climate change presents Pasadena with both complex challenges and tremendous opportunities. In the fall of 2015, the City of Pasadena embarked on a process to develop a Climate Action Plan (CAP) to reduce community-wide GHG emissions and combat climate change. The Pasadena CAP is the latest initiative in the City’s on-going commitment to confronting the issue of climate change.

The purpose of the CAP is as follows:

  • Analyze community-wide GHG emissions at a programmatic-level,
  • Outline a strategy to reduce Pasadena’s GHG emissions consistent with AB 32, SB 32 and EO S-3-05,
  • Demonstrate Pasadena’s commitment to achieving the state-wide GHG emissions reduction targets, and
  • Serve a qualified GHG emissions reduction plan consistent with the California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines Section 15183(b)(1).

The CAP is a long-range qualified GHG reduction plan that provides a strategy to reduce GHG emissions from community-wide activities and municipal operations in Pasadena to support the California’s efforts under EO S-3-05, AB 32, and SB 32. The CAP builds on the goals and policies of the General Plan and complements the State’s objectives to address climate change. Specifically, the CAP identifies climate action measures and implementation actions to reduce GHG emissions to achieve the following reduction goals:

  • 27% below 2009 levels by 2020 (equivalent to 14% below 1990 levels, exceeding AB 32 target),
  • 49% below 2009 levels by 2030 (equivalent to 40% below 1990 levels, consistent with SB 32),
  • 59% below 2009 levels by 2035 (equivalent to 52% below 1990 levels), and
  • 83% below 2009 levels by 2050 (equivalent to 80% below 1990 levels, consistent with EO S-3-05).



The strategy for achieving the goals outlined in the CAP builds on Pasadena’s overall success to date, proposing to strengthen existing programs that have contributed to this success, and integrating new efforts to reduce GHG emissions. The CAP identifies 5 climate strategies, 27 measures, and 142 actions to reduce Pasadena’s GHG emissions.

Collectively, they have the potential to reduce emissions and contribute to the state-wide efforts to combat climate change. The climate strategy is summarized below:

  • Energy Conservation and Efficiency – reduce energy demand, utilize energy more efficiently, and switch to carbon neutral sources
  • Sustainable Mobility and Land Use – improve pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, enhance carpool and public transportation services, and expand the use of electric vehicles and related infrastructure
  • Water Conservation– increase access to and use of recycled water and improve storm water infiltration
  • Waste Reduction – promote reuse, recycling, and composting
  • Urban Greening – maintain a healthy and expand existing urban forest


For more information on the draft CAP, including implementation and monitoring progress, please see the links below.

Draft Pasadena Climate Action Plan


A – 2009 GHG Emissions Inventory

B – Technical Appendix

C – Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

D – CAP Consistency Checklist

E – Draft Initial Study Negative Declaration


Upcoming Public Hearings

The Environmental Advisory Commission (EAC) and Municipal Services Committee (MSC) will hold public hearings to receive testimony, oral and written, on the draft CAP and the recommended Negative Declaration. The hearings are scheduled for:

Environmental Advisory Commission (Special Meeting)
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Time:   6:00 p.m.
Place:  Permit Center Hearing Room
175 N. Garfield Avenue

Municipal Services Committee
Date:    Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Time:   4:00 p.m.
Place:  Council Chamber, S-249
100 N. Garfield Avenue

The EAC and MSC will consider the draft CAP and make recommendations to the City Council who will consider adoption of the CAP at a later date.  The City Council hearing will be noticed and distributed in advance of that hearing.

An initial environmental study was prepared and concluded that the proposed project could not have a significant effect on the environment and therefore, a Negative Declaration has been prepared. Comments on the Initial Study and Negative Declaration may be received in writing between Thursday, December 28, 2017 and Saturday, February 10, 2018 and orally at public hearings or meetings considering these documents.  Written documents should be sent to the address provided below.  Any interested party or their representative may appear at the meeting and comment on the project.  If you wish to challenge this matter in court you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or written correspondence delivered to the hearing body, at or prior to the public hearing. The Initial Study, and proposed Negative Declaration may be viewed on the City’s environmental notices webpage at The documents are also available during regular business hours at the City of Pasadena, Planning Department, 175 N. Garfield Avenue, Pasadena 91101, at the Office of the City Clerk, 100 N. Garfield Avenue, Room S228, Pasadena CA 91101, and at the Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut Avenue, Pasadena CA 91101.

Contact Person:  Anita Cerna                                                            
Phone: (626) 744-6767
175 North Garfield Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

Mailing Address:
City of Pasadena – Planning Division
Community Planning Section (2nd Floor)
175 N. Garfield Ave.
Pasadena, CA. 91101