City of San Rafael Climate Change Action Plan

City of San Rafael
Created: 3/31/2009 -


The City of San Rafael's Climate Change Action Plan describes the city's efforts to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change.  Mayor Al Boro was one of the initial signers of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Projection Agreement in 2005, pledging the city to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in accordance with the Kyoto Protocol. To meet these goals, the City Council appointed a 16-member Green Ribbon Committee to lead a community process to prepare a plan to guide both the city organization and the entire community in responding to climate change.  This Plan is the result of that community effort. 

Specific adaptation recommendations include: to monitor sea-level rise and plan for shoreline defense; to increase understanding and preparation for climate change; and to increase community education and the commitment towards sustainability efforts in San Rafael.  The chapter “Our Environment” includes recommendations for adapting to sea-level rise, increasing local crop production, participating in the Marin regional vulnerability assessment, and creating a local vulnerability assessment.

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Community / Local
Multilateral / Transboundary
National / Federal
State / Provincial
Sector Addressed
Development (socioeconomic)
Land Use Planning
Transportation / Infrastructure
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Reduce local climate or related change
Capacity Building
Increase / Improve public awareness, education, and outreach efforts
Conduct vulnerability assessments and studies
Create stakeholder engagement processes to develop and implement adaptation strategies
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Infrastructure retrofitting and improvements
Sewage systems: retrofitting and improvements
Transportation: retrofitting and improvements
Buildings: retrofitting and improvements
Governance and Policy
Develop / implement adaptation plans
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Sea level rise