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We did it!

September 30, 2020
Join us in applauding the City of Santa Barbara for joining the City of San Luis Obispo in setting a goal of Carbon Neutrality by 2035. On the heels of Governor Newsom’s executive order to advance key zero-emission climate goals to 2035, this decision represents a momentous step forward for our city, our region, and our state.


Original Alert

On Tuesday, September 29, the Santa Barbara City Council will consider one of the most ambitious climate goals in the nation: Carbon Neutrality by 2035. This bold goal is for the entire community, not just City operations, and will put the City on track to develop one of the most visionary Climate Action Plans in the country by:

  • building on the City’s commitment to 100% renewable energy by 2030
  • making more strides on zero emission transportation and buildings
  • developing policies to sequester remaining carbon in our region’s working lands
  • energizing climate resilience efforts

With climate crisis impacts compounding more rapidly than expected, we have no time to waste. We must redouble our efforts and continue the Central Coast’s climate leadership.

Since releasing our comprehensive Blueprint for a New Energy Direction in 2007, CEC has been working urgently toward this vision. The City of San Luis Obispo adopted a similar goal – as well as an ambitious Climate Action Plan to reach it. Yesterday, Governor Newsom announced by executive order that he will advance some key zero-emission climate goals to 2035. Let’s build on this momentum.

Personalize and sign the letter below now to urge Councilmembers to support a Carbon Neutrality Goal by 2035 for the City of Santa Barbara. Your letter will be sent to the City Clerk and CEC’s Energy and Climate Programs Director Michael Chiacos.

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Want to take more action?

Share commentary on why setting a carbon neutrality goal by 2035 is important to you personally – what it means to you, your loved ones, and/or your community:

Speak at the City of Santa Barbara virtual Council meeting
Date: Tuesday, September 29
Location: Join Meeting Electronically
Webinar ID: 855-825-363 (use Chrome, Firefox, or Safari browsers)
Time: The Council meeting begins at 2:00 p.m. The Climate Action Plan and Carbon Neutrality Goal is item 10 on the agenda. View Agenda.

Thank you for your action to support carbon neutrality in Santa Barbara by 2035. Together, we can move the Santa Barbara region away from fossil fuels in one generation.

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