Resilient Community. Sustainable Future.


The City of Laguna Beach is taking the initiative to develop a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP), a 2022 & 2023 priority for the Laguna Beach City Council. The CAAP will build on the City’s 2001 "Vision 2030", and the 2009 Climate Protection Action Plan (CPAP). The CPAP, modeled after the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement of 2007, has 94 CPAP goals and objectives for climate protection, benchmarks, and milestones to measure success, and recommended greenhouse gas reduction measures. To-date, the City has updated the CPAP twice, in 2012 and 2017, and has effectively achieved over 95 percent of its CPAP Goals.

The goals of the CAAP are to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated from the community and the City’s facilities and operational activities, and to improve resilience to climate change-related disasters. This is a more comprehensive approach to reducing GHG emissions and integrating climate adaptation strategies. The CAAP will outline strategies and specific action items to reduce GHG emissions and address related hazards to climate change.

In 2022, California law (AB 1279) set a new statewide goal to achieve net zero GHG emissions by 2045 with a minimum GHG emissions reduction of 85 percent below 1990 levels, and to achieve and maintain net negative greenhouse gas emissions thereafter. The state has also set a goal of reducing GHG emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 (SB 32). The City’s CAAP is an opportunity to update City goals and targets for these milestone years.