Countywide Climate Action

Regionally Integrated Climate Action Planning Suite (RICAPS)

Each city in San Mateo County has the opportunity to develop its own Climate Action Plan (CAP) using tools developed by C/CAG in conjunction with KEMA Inc. and Hara. This project was funded by grants from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). Climate Action Plans developed from these tools will meet BAAQMD's California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines for a Qualified Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy.


These documents are available for cities to use at no charge. Documents may be updated periodically. RICAPS Users Guide. This document walks cities through the process of creating a Qualified CAP using the RICAPS tools. This guide will continue to be updated as the process and tools are refined. Check back for newer versions of this guide and the other RICAPS tools. RICAPS Users Guide v1 RICAPS Users Guide v1 Appendix A RICAPS Users Guide v1 Appendix B Climate Action Plan Template (CAP Template). This Microsoft Word file is a written template that contains all of the elements necessary to create a Qualified CAP. The actual CAP Template is approximately 40 pages and there are about 20 pages of appendices. The Template can be used as a starting point. All yellow-highlighted sections need to be edited or updated with the city's specific emissions goals, selected measures, and other data. All other text may be left as is or modified at your city's discretion. Specific instructions have been included within the text to support the CAP writer. RICAPS CAP Template (v4) Manual of Calculations of Proposed Measures with Selection Guide (Menu of Measures). C/CAG recommends the approximately 40 measures in this Microsoft Excel file because they are effective and measurable for greenhouse gas reduction. Once data regarding a set of defined assumptions are entered, the worksheet automatically calculates the GHG emission reductions, and financial costs and benefits expected from the measure. Cities can use the document as a selection and prioritization tool - it will help you prioritize options and choose the measures that are most appropriate for your community or government operations based on the score that is received by each measure. RICAPS Measures (v2) Hara Online Calculation and Measurement Tool (Hara ESS Tool) Once your city has decided on a set of measures, you can use this tool to input and store the key data and assumptions for each measure, as well as keep track of your progress over time. If you find that you're not on course to meet your emissions reduction targets, the tool can help you select additional measures or adjust parameters of existing measures in order to meet your targets. In addition, the tool will help cities learn from each other by recognizing successes and best practices. RICAPS Organizational Data Upload Template - Government Operations RICAPS Activity Data Upload Template - Government Operations
For more information about RICAPS and/or to sign up to receive technical assistance in creating your city's CAP, contact Susan Wright: 650-599-1403

Multi-City Working Group:

To enable cities to move forward in using these tools more easily, C/CAG has set up a monthly Multi-city Working Group. At these meetings, participants get information and coaching on how to implement each stage of the climate action planning process. If you would like to attend future working group meetings and/or receive updates about RICAPS by email, please contact Susan Wright: 650-599-1403

San Mateo County Energy Strategy

In 2008, the Utilities and Sustainability Task Force (a C/CAG committee) prepared the San Mateo County Energy Strategy. This cohesive report charts the way for cities in the county to work collaboratively. It frames the discussion and defines practical actions for the cities and the County regarding energy, water, alternative generation, and climate protection. Energy usage as it relates to transportation is not included in this report.
The Energy Strategy was adopted by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in December 2008, and by all 20 cities in the county in 2009. An executive summary is available.
In spring 2011, the Resource Management and Climate Protection Committee began work on an update to the Energy Strategy. The new version may include a transportation strategy. For more information about the Energy Strategy, contact Kim Springer: 650-599-1412