San Francisco Department of the Environment

San Francisco Climate Action Plan

The 2021 San Francisco Climate Action Plan (the Plan) charts a pathway to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and works toward addressing racial and social equity, public health, economic recovery, resilience, and providing safe and affordable housing to all.

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Watch the replay of the 2021 Climate Action Plan launch event. TEDxCityofSanFrancisco featured a curation of talks and performances to inspire community action in the fight against climate change. 

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ABOUT THE PLAN

Since the release of its first Climate Action Plan in 2004, San Francisco has been leading the way on local climate action, environmental justice, and developing and implementing innovative programs and outreach campaigns to engage with all San Franciscans. In 2013, San Francisco updated its Climate Action Plan which summarized the City's progress to date, shared examples of successful policies and programs, and outlined an initial set of actions to be taken by citizens, businesses, and government to strive toward emission reductions.

Since then, the intensifying impacts of a changing climate have been irrefutable: increasing heat waves, worsening drought, and regional wildfires that blanket the city in smoke are becoming more commonplace. At the same time, racial, social, and economic inequalities have also become more severe and pronounced. Tackling the interwoven and widening climate, equity, and racial justice challenges we face has been the driving force for the development of the 2021 Climate Action Plan.

The development of this data-driven, people-focused plan brought together City departments, residents, community-based organizations, and businesses to collaborate on creating solutions. The result, a plan that offers a detailed set of strategies and actions to achieve net-zero emissions while addressing racial and social equity, public health, economic recovery, and community resilience. 

Read the 2021 San Francisco Climate Action Plan.

ENGAGEMENT & EQUITY

The City concluded a public engagement process to gather community input on the draft goals, strategies, and actions. The feedback provided was addressed and incorporated into the final plan.

In addition to integrating equity considerations through robust public outreach and engagement, the Plan used a Racial and Social Equity Assessment Tool to improve equity outcomes of climate actions. As actions are implemented, there must be continued engagement with all affected communities to follow through on the Plan's commitment to advancing equity.

To view an archive of the 2020-21 public engagement process, including the kick-off event with Mayor London N. Breed and other workshop replays, visit the SF Environment YouTube Channel.

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The 2021 Climate Action Plan is a roadmap for meeting the City's emissions reduction goals. Now that the Plan is released, the City will quickly turn to implementation. This will call for government, businesses, and the community to collaborate on putting ideas into action. The City will also maintain a public-facing reporting mechanism to keep stakeholders and residents informed on progress made against performance metrics laid out in the Plan.

CONTACT US

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