In 2022, the Napa City Council established Climate Action as one of its Council Priorities for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. In 2023, the Council extended Climate Action as a key priority for the next two fiscal years. To evaluate the progress from the current fiscal year, the Council received a presentation at their meeting on March 7 regarding the work City staff have completed to address climate change so far, as well as future opportunities for climate change mitigation in Napa.
Over the past decade, the City of Napa has made significant strides in addressing climate change—creating a sustainability plan, participating in the County Climate Action Committee, and passing a Climate Emergency Resolution. The City also incorporated sustainability and climate action elements into their General Plan.
"We recognize the urgency of the climate crisis and the role our city must play in addressing it," said City Manager Steve Potter. "Our efforts over the past decade have put us on a path to a more sustainable future, but there is still much work to be done. We will continue to take bold action to mitigate the impacts of climate change in our community."
This year, the City hired a Management Analyst who will help implement the city's ambitious plans to mitigate climate change. Moving forward, the City plans to assess opportunities for EV charging at City of Napa public facilities and the Corporation Yard, promote incentives and educational opportunities for energy efficiency and electrification, transition City of Napa equipment to electric where feasible, apply for grants and develop policies to support priorities, and continue to collaborate with the County Climate Action Committee and local jurisdictions to identify opportunities for climate action.
"We are dedicated to doing our part to address climate change in Napa to build a brighter future for our City," added Potter.
To help engage the Napa community in everyday actions to reduce their impact, the City has also created a page on the Napa County Climate Challenge site, a local resource to collaborate and compete with neighbors in sustainability efforts.
Residents can sign up and get involved by visiting www.napacountyclimatechallenge.org/napa