City Launches Together to Zero Climate Campaign
Source: City of Santa Barbara
The City of Santa Barbara announces the “Together to Zero” climate campaign with the launch of a climate action video and community survey. This outreach initiative will engage and partner with the public in imagining, developing, and implementing strategies to achieve the City’s carbon neutrality goal.
In November City Council unanimously approved an aspiration goal of achieving carbon neutrality – or net zero emissions – by 2035. Net zero emissions means that all greenhouse gas emissions are balanced by an equal amount removed from the atmosphere. To reach this goal, the City is building upon the work of its 2012 Climate Action Plan by developing a dynamic roadmap with bold and innovative strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon removal.
Through the “Together to Zero” engagement plan, the City will draft a Climate Action Plan that reflects the values and vision of the community. The campaign kicks off with a background video and community survey. The video provides important context for the Climate Action Plan update and carbon neutrality initiative. The anonymous survey asks the community to share their vision for a carbon neutral Santa Barbara and to consider potential climate actions.
“The communities input is invaluable and we hope to gain creative climate solutions from this survey and the subsequent opportunities for partnership,” said Alelia Parenteau, the City’s Energy and Climate Manager. “We want to make sure that there is community ownership and pride in the City’s pursuit of carbon neutrality”.
To access the video, survey, and to learn about future “Together to Zero” events visit: https://sustainability.santabarbaraca.gov/together-to-zero/.