Climate Change

Climate change poses numerous risks to South San Francisco's natural resources and community, particularly those who have been historically marginalized. There are opportunities to protect the community from future climate change impacts and to build a more resilient city.

The goals below are related to this topic. Select a goal to learn more about the policies and actions South San Francisco will implement to meet that goal.



Climate Protection


Community Resilience


Environmental and Cultural Stewardship


Mobility and Access



Goal CP-1

Goal CP-1:

A carbon neutral community by 2045. 


To maintain and regularly update the City’s Climate Action Plan and Greenhouse Gas Inventory with new and emerging practices. 
Policy CP-1.1: Maintain and update the Climate Action Plan.
Maintain and regularly update the City’s Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated within the city. Ensure the City’s GHG emission target is consistent with California’s GHG reduction goals in order to be a qualified plan for California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). 
  • Action CP-1.1.1: Update greenhouse gas reduction measures.
    Regularly (every 3-5 years) refine goals, policies, and actions designed to achieve the greenhouse gas reduction goal. 
  • Action CP-1.1.2: Establish greenhouse gas emission thresholds.
    Establish greenhouse gas (GHG) emission thresholds for use in evaluating non-exempt discretionary project consistent with the California Environmental Quality Act and require projects above that threshold to substantially mitigate all feasible GHG emissions and to reduce emissions below the established thresholds. 

Policy CP-1.2: Monitor progress towards carbon neutrality goal.
Track and report progress towards achieving the City’s greenhouse gas reduction goal. 
  • Action CP-1.2.1: Update the community greenhouse gas inventory every five years.
  • Action CP-1.2.2: Prepare Municipal Greenhouse Gas inventory.
    Prepare an inventory of emissions from municipal operations, establish a greenhouse gas reduction target, and develop a work plan to reduce municipal emissions.

Policy CP-1.3: Utilize innovative technologies to reduce emissions.
Utilize new technologies as they become available to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by regularly evaluating new and emerging technology changes that can help to reduce GHG emissions, and by encouraging the use of such technology when it is demonstrated to be effective at reducing GHG emissions and a fiscally responsible investment. 
Policy CP-1.4: Explore innovative pilot programs.
Explore the potential for innovative greenhouse gas reduction pilot programs, including collaborations and partnerships, in each emissions sector (e.g., buildings and energy, transportation, solid waste, water, and carbon sequestration).
Policy CP-1.5: Seek funding to support greenhouse emission reductions.
Seek additional sources of funding to support implementation of greenhouse gas reduction projects, exploring grant funding, rebates, and other incentive opportunities 
Policy CP-1.6: Community education about greenhouse gas reduction incentives.
Educate residents and businesses about opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through grant funding, rebates, and other incentive opportunities.
Goal CP-2
Goal CP-3
Goal CP-4
Goal CP-5
Goal CP-6
Goal CP-8
Goal CR-1
Goal CR-2
Goal CR-3
Goal ES-1
Goal ES-5
Goal ES-8
Goal MOB-4
Goal PE-4
Goal SA-20
Goal SA-24