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In an effort to develop a Climate Action Plan that reflects the values and vision of the community, the City is seeking participation from residents, businesses, and other interested parties!

TOGETHER we can achieve net zero carbon emissions!

Climate outreach Schedule
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Climate Action Survey

A vital first step in sharing your voice is by answering this anonymous Climate Action Survey. Insight gained from these questions will help inform the emission reduction strategies laid out in the new Climate Action Plan. Your time is valuable, so we’ve designed this survey to only take 10 minutes.
Thanks for your help!

February 1st, 2021 – April 30th, 2021

Together to Zero: Climate Brainstorming Sessions

The City needs your help to get to carbon neutrality by 2035! Share your ideas about how to equitably and efficiently reduce Santa Barbara’s greenhouse gas emissions in these virtual brainstorming sessions. The City’s three largest greenhouse gas emission sources will be covered: transportation, energy, and waste. Everyone is welcome and there will be Spanish translation provided. Through these virtual gatherings, the City hopes to learn from residents and business owners’ climate action challenges and opportunities!
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Your Climate Story (Youth Program)

The City is taking bold action to protect the planet for future generations. We are doing this by setting city-wide greenhouse gas emission goals, implementing effective strategies to reach these targets, and building a resilient community. Our plan relies on the voice of that future generation to share with us their vision of a sustainable, resilient Santa Barbara. 
 The “Your Climate Story” program gives kids and teenagers the creative space to envision what their future would look like in a carbon neutral world. This will not only give our team exciting ideas, but it will also serve as a way to engage the younger demographic in the climate conversation and give them ownership of community climate actions.
Teachers, parents, or caretakers may use the writing prompt as an exercise to teach the young writer about the climate crisis, climate action strategies, and community resilience. Through this activity the writer will help identify sustainable goals, hopefully inspiring themselves and their community into climate action.
This program is expected to launch in March 2021 — stay tuned!

Neighborhood Listening Sessions

Staff will be setting up around the City to listen to the community’s climate concerns and learn about opportunities and ideas for action. Questions from the Idea Expositions will be available to prompt conversations in addition to information on events and the survey will also be available.

Where: TBD

When: April 2021

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Tuesday Climate Chats

Come learn and discuss the climate action subject of the week, including water, energy, transportation, waste, and community building. After a brief presentation the event will open to questions and comments. These virtual forums will have an option for Spanish translation.

Climate Chats – Interviews

Not a fan of group discussions? No problem, schedule a one-on-one virtual interview! City staff will designate time for 15-minute discussions with community members. Inquire about the theme of the week (waste & materials, energy, and transportation), other greenhouse gas emission reduction/sequestration strategies, or the CAP planning process. Interviews will be held over zoom and will be available in Spanish.
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Stakeholder Workshops

Insight gathered through the public idea exposition, interviews, open forums, and survey will inform stakeholder workshops. These virtual meetings will shape the City’s climate action strategies in the categories of:
  1. Energy; Waste and Water; Ongoing Education
  2. Transportation; Urban Development; Ongoing Education
Key stakeholders will be invited to these meetings, including representatives from industry, nonprofits, research, government, and community-based organizations.