The countdown is on for Earth Day 2021, which occurs April 22.
This year, the City of Sacramento is inviting residents to get involved with climate action efforts through a series of upcoming events.
“We’re celebrating Earth Day by helping to coordinate a pandemic-friendly event and taking time to reflect on how we are keeping the earth green locally,” said Jennifer Venema, the interim climate action lead for the City. “Many of us have been at home a lot this year, making this Earth Day a special opportunity to reflect on the importance of place and environment at a truly local, community scale.”
Residents can participate remotely or in person in these City-sponsored events:
Sacramento Youth Commissioner Conversation on Climate Change
Participate in a digital conversation with Sacramento Youth Commissioners to discuss what climate change means to our youth, and what is to be done about it. 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 21. Register in advance.
‘Earth Day Brown Bag Lunch with City Sustainability Staff
Join City sustainability staff for a virtual brown bag lunch to learn how the City is working to keep the earth green. 12 to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 22. Register in advance.
The Great Sacramento Clean-Up Event
Join hundreds of Sacramentans in celebration of Earth Day for a city-wide, socially-distanced trash cleanup at designated sites. Tools and personal protective equipment will be provided by March for Science Sacramento and the City of Sacramento. SacRT is offering free rides on bus and light rail for Earth Day event participants. Masks are required, and COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed. Saturday, April 24. Sign up in advance.
Since the start of the year, the City’s sustainability team has been working on the 2021 Climate Implementation Work Plan. With the $4.4 million allocated by the City Council in midyear budget, the team has starting recruiting for new staff positions while making progress on the Slow and Active Streets pilot program, and the New Building Electrification ordinance. A status report about the 2021 Climate Implementation Work plan will go before City Council on April 20.
From now through summer, the City will act on multiple climate related efforts including:
- City Council: Public Hearing, EV Charging Infrastructure Ordinance (5 p.m. April 20)
- Law & Legislation Committee, New Building Electrification Ordinance (May 2021)
- City Council: Public Hearing on Phase 2: New Building Electrification Ordinance (May 2021)
- Transportation Priorities Plan outreach (more info coming soon, April through June 2021)
- City Council workshop for the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan and direction for measure development (Summer 2021)
- Workshop for existing building electrification (Summer 2021)
Learn more about the City’s climate action efforts at cityofsacramento.org/climateaction.