Climate Action & Adaptation Plan

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The current and future impacts of climate change are of significant public concern. According to a recent survey conducted by VTA, 88% of the community agrees that climate change will have a personal effect on their lives. Impacts related to rising sea levels, higher risks of wildfire, extreme heat events, and drought are among the top concerns of Santa Clara County residents and commuters.

Recognizing the urgency to act now, VTA declared a climate emergency in February 2020, and committed itself to prepare a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP). Thanks to a Sustainable Transportation...

CAAP logo (circular icon showing water, hills, and sun)

The current and future impacts of climate change are of significant public concern. According to a recent survey conducted by VTA, 88% of the community agrees that climate change will have a personal effect on their lives. Impacts related to rising sea levels, higher risks of wildfire, extreme heat events, and drought are among the top concerns of Santa Clara County residents and commuters.

Recognizing the urgency to act now, VTA declared a climate emergency in February 2020, and committed itself to prepare a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP). Thanks to a Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant provided by the State of California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in 2021, funding is available to carry this project forward and work is beginning immediately.

Project Objectives:

  • Quantify VTA and countywide transportation related GHG emissions.
  • Identify measures to reduce VTA’s contribution to climate change by reducing GHG emissions from its own operations.
  • Identify actions VTA can take in partnership with agencies and the community to reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT).
  • Conduct a vulnerability assessment that identifies the risks to transportation assets from climate change impacts and actions that can be taken to protect these assets for the public good.

Timeline:

Technical analysis is currently underway and is anticipated to be complete by early 2023. Following this analysis, the CAAP will be prepared with input from the community.

Partners:

VTA is a member of the Santa Clara County Climate Collaborative, a cross-sector network of public agencies, academia, nonprofit and community-based organizations, and businesses working to advance regional solutions to climate change.

 

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