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Office of Energy & Sustainable Development (OESD)
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Climate Action Plan Core Strategies Goals & Metrics for Climate Adaptation

CAP adapting iconDespite our best efforts to reduce GHG emissions, some climate change is already occurring and additional change is inevitable. Even as our community ramps up efforts to mitigate global warming emissions, it is critical that we also prepare for the impacts of a changing climate. Local impacts of climate change that scientists expect to grow more severe include decreased water resources, rising sea-levels, and more extreme heat events.

Check out the Climate Action Plan’s goals for climate adaption. Click on the links below to review our community's performance to date and to access other relevant resources and information. 

Goal: Make Berkeley resilient to the impacts of climate change
Strategies included in the Climate Action Plan to achieve this goal include:

  • Prepare for the impacts of climate change on the region’s water supply by encouraging rainwater recycling and graywater use through development of outreach materials and local guidelines;
  • In preparation for rising sea-levels and more severe storms, take steps to reduce property and ecosystem damage associated with flooding and coastal erosion;
  • Mitigate increasing extreme heat events by protecting and increasing urban tree cover.
 Performance Metric   Key Takeaway Status
 Annual net tree gain (pdf)  Added 4,448 street and park trees since 2000 On target  
 Annual water consumption (pdf)   17% less household water consumption since 2000 No target
 Graywater & rainwater harvesting (pdf)  Increase water conservation & reduce potable water use No target

Check out other Climate Action Plan core strategies & goals:

 CAP bike icon  CAP waste icon  CAP community icon CAP building icon
Transportation & Land Use Waste Reduction & Recycling Community Outreach  Building Energy Use

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