Climate Action Plan Update

The City is currently updating its Climate Action Plan (CAP) for this decade of climate action. The City's new carbon neutrality goal forms the basis of the CAP update, or "CAP 2.0," setting Fremont on the pathway to a sustainable, vibrant, and healthy community that supports the environment.

Within "CAP 2.0," efforts to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting from activity in the energy, water, waste, and transportation sectors will be paired with efforts to sequester—or draw down—carbon dioxide and other GHGs from the atmosphere, so that by the year 2045, no new net greenhouse gases will be emitted. In addition, the City will explore efforts to enhance the community’s resiliency to future climatic changes as well as to adapt to changes that are already underway.

Climate Action Plan Update Timeline

CAP Update Timeline
City staff is working closely with a technical consultant to update community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories, conduct future GHG emissions forecasting, and create a preliminary list of CAP measures to be vetted by staff, key stakeholders, and the community. Staff is also conducting robust community engagement efforts such as meeting with key stakeholder groups (e.g., youth, seniors, businesses, cultural organizations, and affordable housing developers) and presenting to relevant City boards, commissions, and committees.

Past Community Workshop

In September 2020, staff hosted the first Climate Action Plan Community Workshop. 
The following materials from the first Climate Action Plan Community Workshop are available below:
Upcoming Community Workshops
Climate Talks Week: February 1-5, 2021
Join us for a series of virtual community conversations on key areas of the Climate Action Plan update. Each talk will include information on potential climate measures and the road ahead, insights from area experts, and an open discussion format to voice your questions, ideas, and concerns. Attend one talk or all five!

Each talk will take place daily from 12:00-1:00 p.m. via Zoom. See the schedule below:

  • Monday (2/1/21): Energy and Buildings
  • Tuesday (2/2/21): Land Use and Transportation
  • Wednesday (2/3/21): Materials, Waste, and Food
  • Thursday (2/4/21): Water and Nature in the City
  • Friday (2/5/21): Green Business and Market Innovation
For more information and to register for the sessions you would like to attend, please visit the Climate Talks Zoom registration webpage.

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CAP Online Forum

To gather public input on potential CAP measures, a new online forum is available at The City is inviting community members to use the forum to weigh in on these measures. City staff has identified short and long term measures—many of which will require partnership and support from other agencies to achieve. Using the forum, community members can comment on suggested measures, propose new ideas, and respond to feedback submitted by other participants. The forum will remain open until mid-February 2021.

CAP Online Forum Forum

Community Action

Climate action is a team sport, and community participation is key to the success of the City’s climate change goals in the near and long term. There are several ways community members can share their perspective and take action on climate:

  1. Attend an engagement workshop. See information above.
  2. Join the discussion on CAP Voice your input and ideas using this online community forum.
  3. Sign up for the Fremont Green Challenge to log your sustainability and climate actions. Earn points and compete against your friends and neighbors as you do your part to move Fremont towards its climate goals.
  4. Take climate action where you are. Do you have an idea about how your organization, company, or neighborhood can help address climate action in Fremont? Lead an initiative, organize a group, or hold a virtual event. Feel free to reach out to the Sustainability team by email if you have ideas or questions.

The City passed its first 
Climate Action Plan in 2012 with the goal of reducing municipal and community-wide greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2020 from a 2005 baseline level. Some implementation successes include improving bike and pedestrian infrastructure, upgrading City streetlights with high-efficiency LEDs, requiring all businesses to recycle, and establishing mandatory solar requirements for new residential construction. 

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