Background

The City of Santa Cruz is working with the community to develop its Climate Action Plan 2030 (CAP 2030) through a process called Resilient Together. In July 2021, the City conducted community outreach to understand the community’s vision for a sustainable and equitable Santa Cruz, identifying climate themes and priorities. 

This survey is intended to share what we learned from the community, provide another opportunity for feedback, and further our understanding of the most important themes and priorities as we begin goal and strategy development. 

If you need more information on a topic, please see the City’s newly launched Climate Education webpage for “short and sweet” and “deep dive” resources to learn more. 

The concept statements below reduce or capture greenhouse gas emissions (emissions), which trap heat and contribute to climate change. Emissions are typically produced through burning fossil fuels for transportation and buildings, organic waste decomposition, and material consumption, including food. As you evaluate each concept, consider the entire community’s role in implementing it versus you individually or the City government.

All responses to this survey will be kept anonymous. Survey responses are due by Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 5 p.m. Questions related to this survey may be directed to climateaction@cityofsantacruz.com

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* 1. Theme 1. Transportation
Transportation is by far the largest source of emissions in Santa Cruz. From the CAP 2030 visioning process, there is recognition that the community will need to consider how to drastically reduce these emissions.

Please indicate your agreement with each concept statement by selecting a value between 1 and 5, where a 1 is very low agreement and a 5 is very high agreement.

  1- Very low agreement 2- Low agreement 3- Neutral 4- Some agreement 5- Very high agreement
Reduce onroad vehicles, the number of miles they travel, and traffic in Santa Cruz by equitably improving bikability, walkability, and public transportation. 
Encourage a reduction in the number of daily commutes through expansion of equitable teleworking.
Reduce emissions by rapidly transitioning to electric vehicles (where electricity in 2030 is emissions free) for any remaining commute trips.

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* 2. Theme 2. Buildings, Housing and Development
Energy use in buildings is the second largest source of emissions in Santa Cruz. How and where we construct new buildings and existing developments have the potential to significantly reduce these emissions. As identified in the CAP 2030 visioning process, affordable housing is also a desirable use expressed by the community. 

Please indicate your agreement with each concept statement by selecting a value between 1 and 5 where a 1 is very low agreement and a 5 is very high agreement.

  1- Very low agreement 2- Low agreement 3- Neutral  4- Some agreement 5- Very high agreement
Build dense, mixed residential and business development that is close to public transit and services, filling in existing neighborhoods, rather than extending development into the wildland urban interface and other undeveloped areas.
Build the resiliency of neighborhoods, especially those most impacted by climate change (our “frontline” communities).
Apply for grants that emphasize sustainable and affordable housing.
Build resilient, energy and water efficient new and existing buildings and infrastructure.

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* 3. Theme 3. Parks and Open Spaces
From the CAP 2030 visioning process, our community indicates parks and open spaces are a priority, integral to our City’s health by providing cooling to counter heat island effects, increasing habitat, and filtering stormwater. While the potential is limited, trees and vegetation in parks and open spaces are also central to our retention of carbon. 

Please indicate your agreement with each concept statement by selecting a value between 1 and 5 where a 1 is very low agreement and a 5 is very high agreement.

  1- Very low agreement 2- Low agreement 3- Neutral 4- Some agreement 5- Very high agreement
Support, maintain and enhance accessible, beautiful, drought tolerant and/or regenerative landscapes and ecosystems that store carbon and support biodiversity. 
Implement fire fuel management and reduction activities in parks and open spaces to reduce the potential release of massive emissions due to wildfire.
Educate our community on private property fire fuel management and reduction activities through Fire Wise and other outreach.

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* 4. Theme 4. Food and Waste
By some estimates, food and waste are responsible for 8% of emissions with about 30% of all food being wasted. Consideration of our relationship to food and waste choices will be central to address this issue and reduce emissions. However, as indicated from the CAP 2030 visioning process, our community’s understanding of this issue may be limited. 

Please indicate your agreement with each concept statement by selecting a value between 1 and 5 where a 1 is very low agreement and a 5 is very high agreement.

  1- Very low agreement 2- Low agreement 3- Neutral 4- Some agreement 5- Very high agreement
Educate our community on the role food and food waste have along supply chains, in restaurants and stores, and in our homes in meeting climate goals. 
Reduce food waste in our community through composting and surplus distribution programs, etc.
Invest in food waste to energy systems.
Support local organic food production which reduces transportation emissions and toxins from entering the environment.
Educate on and encourage plant-based diets because eating plants uses less land, less energy, and less water than eating animals.
Educate on the role material consumption, packaging waste and waste diversion have in meeting our climate goals.

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* 5. Theme 5. Green Economy
In order to accelerate our progress toward a decarbonized, resilient City through the CAP 2030, and help recover from the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the City intends to support expanded training, access to and availability of green jobs.

Please indicate your agreement with each concept statement by selecting a value between 1 and 5 where a 1 is very low agreement and a 5 is very high agreement.

  1- Very low agreement 2- Low agreement 3- Neutral 4- Some agreement 5- Very high agreement
Expand the number of green jobs equitably in the local economy. 
Provide better wages to enable workers to live where they work.
Invest in more climate action jobs and internships.
Focus on business district creation, business resiliency planning, and bolstering the sustainability and vibrancy of business districts.

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* 6. Select the 5 statements you feel are most important for the community to address in the City’s Climate Action Plan 2030. You may select up to but no more than 5 statements.

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* 7. Climate Action Plan Emissions Target

The goal of the Climate Action Plan is to determine the year and most equitable pathway to Carbon Neutrality. The achievement of carbon neutrality will require significant reductions in emissions. Our electricity supply will be emissions-free by 2030. Therefore, we can substantially reduce emissions through the increased efficiency and electrification of our transportation and buildings. We can also reduce emissions by maintaining trees, soils, and vegetation that store carbon. Over time, there may be the potential for future removal of emissions from the atmosphere, dependent on technology advancements and availability. With which statement do you most agree?

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