Berkeley Climate Action Plan

Berkeley City Council
Created: 6/01/2009 -


Mayor Tom Bates embraced Berkeley citizens’ call to action and provided leadership in engaging the community in a local climate protection campaign. This plan is the result of the campaign that Measure G set in motion. It is rooted in the vision for a sustainable Berkeley that emerged from the climate action planning process. The plan’s purpose is to serve as a guide for setting the community on a path to achieve that vision.

Vision for the year 2050:

  • New and existing Berkeley buildings achieve zero net energy consumption through increased energy efficiency and a shift to renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.
  • Public transit, walking, cycling, and other sustainable mobility modes are the primary means of transportation for Berkeley residents and visitors.
  • Personal vehicles run on electricity produced from renewable sources or other low-carbon fuels.
  • Zero waste is sent to landfills.
  • The majority of food consumed in Berkeley is produced locally, i.e., within a few hundred miles.
  • Our community is resilient and prepared for the impacts of global warming.
  • The social and economic benefits of the climate protection effort are shared across the community.

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Community / Local
Sector Addressed
Development (socioeconomic)
Land Use Planning
Transportation / Infrastructure
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Capacity Building
Increase / Improve public awareness, education, and outreach efforts
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Infrastructure retrofitting and improvements
Make infrastructure resistant or resilient to climate change
Community Planning (developing climate-smart communities)
Governance and Policy
Develop / implement adaptive management strategies
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Culture / communities
Infrastructure damage
Public health risks
Public safety threats
Sociopolitical Setting