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BACKGROUND <br /> The horizon year for the City's existing Climate Action Plan (CAP) is 2020. As such, a <br /> Climate Action Plan update is identified as a priority on the 2019-2020 City Council <br /> Work Plan. The City's original CAP was adopted in 2012 and outlines local actions to <br /> reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, enhance environmental sustainability, and <br /> prepare for climate change. The effects of climate change have been extensively <br /> studied and the California Governor's Office of Planning and Research notes that <br /> increasing global temperatures have far-reaching consequences such as more frequent <br /> heat waves and wildfires, sea level rise, and snowpack decline. <br /> Since Pleasanton's original CAP was adopted, a multitude of strategies to monitor and <br /> address climate change have emerged at the international, federal, and state level. The <br /> State of California has adopted many of these strategies through legislation to regulate <br /> GHG emissions through both voluntary and mandatory measures. Examples of state <br /> requirements include Title 24 CALGreen Standards for buildings, Pavley Clean Car <br /> Standards for vehicle emissions, and Renewable Portfolio Standards for energy <br /> generation. <br /> Further, existing legislation (i.e., Assembly Bill 32 and Executive Order S-3-05) which <br /> has become state law, established statewide GHG emission reduction targets of 40- <br /> percent below 1990 emission levels by 2030, and 80-percent below 1990 emission <br /> levels by 2050. While climate change is a global issue, actions taken at the local level <br /> can collectively have a meaningful impact on reducing GHG emissions. As with <br /> Pleasanton's 2012 Climate Action Plan, the CAP 2.0 will continue to respond to the <br /> impacts of climate change through local actions. <br /> DISCUSSION <br /> As part of the consultant selection process for the CAP 2.0, staff drafted an RFP for <br /> services to assist with the update. The RFP included project background, objectives, <br /> scope, and consultant deliverables. The RFP was reviewed by the Committee on <br /> Energy and the Environment (EEC) at its meeting in July. On August 8, 2019, the RFP <br /> was issued. <br /> Staff interviewed three firms and ultimately selected Cascadia Consulting Group to lead <br /> the CAP 2.0 consultant team. Rincon Consultants will assist Cascadia in the update <br /> effort. The attached contact is for $229,985 with an approximately 10-percent <br /> contingency ($20,000), for a total of$249,985. <br /> Staff is recommending the Cascadia and Rincon consultant team due to their expertise <br /> surrounding climate action planning, familiarity with the community and neighboring <br /> jurisdictions, and approach to and understanding of the project. The team is working on <br /> an update to the City of Dublin's CAP, and is partnering with (the agency <br /> responsible for implementing waste reduction, recycling and related programs in <br /> Alameda County) on project implementation with local businesses, and has worked with <br /> local jurisdictions throughout California and the United States to develop CAPs. <br /> Page 2 of 4 <br />