During the review and following the adoption of the SA Tomorrow Sustainability Plan in 2016, the San Antonio City Council expressed interest in pursuing climate action. Following several council briefings and with the election of Mayor Ron Nirenberg, City Council passed a resolution on June 22, 2017 in support of the goals of the Paris Climate Accord and at the formal mayoral signing ceremony, CPS Energy committed $500,000 to UTSA to assist with the development of a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan for the City of San Antonio as part of a strategic alliance between CPS Energy and the UTSA Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute (TSERI)
The SA Climate Ready Initiative is a collaboration between City of San Antonio’s Office of Sustainability, CPS Energy, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. The SA Climate Ready team is committed to engaging the San Antonio community and involving them in this critical planning process. Throughout the planning process, the community will be asked for help in determining climate mitigation and adaptation goals, targets and strategies, and developing steps to implement these strategies. This will be achieved through a wide range of engagement activities with broad stakeholder participation that will continue throughout the plan development.
The proposed approach for developing a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) for the City of San Antonio aims to achieve the following objectives:
The proposed approach for developing a CAAP for the City of San Antonio aims to achieve the following objectives:
- The CAAP will be informed by existing best practices from across the US and will utilize current best practices, protocols, tools, and methodologies.
- The CAAP will include a rigorous stakeholder and community engagement aiming to solicit demographically representative input from all possible stakeholder groups to make sure the process and the CAAP are equitable and representative of the needs of our community. Particular emphasis will be placed on reaching underrepresented populations.
- The CAAP will be developed in the context of and in collaboration with the existing SA Tomorrow Plans including the Sustainability, Comprehensive and Multimodal Transportation Plan, as well other relevant city and partner agency plans.
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The SA Climate Ready Initiative is expected to continue from September 2017 through April 2019. Subsequently, the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan will be submitted to the San Antonio City Council for adoption. A summary of the project timeline can be found below:
City of San Antonio
- Douglas Melnick, AICP, CNU-A, ISSP-SA, Chief Sustainability Officer
- Eloisa Portillo-Morales, MBA, EIT, CNU-A, LEED- GA, Sustainability Planning Manager
- Carmen Almaguer, Executive Secretary
- Golda Obinzu, Energy Manager
- Christopher Wilcut, Senior Energy Analyst
- Todd Horsman, Sr. Director, Strategy and Product Development
- Rhonda Kirsch, CPS Energy Lead
- Hazem Rashed-Ali, PhD, UTSA Team Lead
- Roger Enriquez, JD
- John Merrifield, PhD
- Keith Muhlestein, PhD
- Francine Romero, PhD
- Rob Tillyer, PhD
- Hatim Sharif, PhD