Ventura County Regional Effort for Climate Action Planning (VCRECAP)
Funded Through EPA's Climate Pollution Reduction Grants: Planning Grant
The Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) program provides funding to states, local governments, tribes, and territories to develop and implement plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollution. The CPRG program is a two-phased grant program that provides funding of $250 million for noncompetitive planning grants and $4.6 billion for competitive implementation grants. Planning funds can be used to update existing climate, energy, or sustainability plans or to develop new plans.
The County of Ventura Sustainability Division is pleased to receive funds through EPA’s Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) Planning Grant to create a Regional Climate Action Plan for the Thousand Oaks-Oxnard-Ventura Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The grant has three main deliverables: a Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP), a Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP), and a Status Report.
Priority Climate Action Plan - Due March 1, 2024
The County of Ventura is currently working on the Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) deliverable for the CPRG Planning Grant, due March 1, 2024. The County has created an Advisory Group for the development of the PCAP. The Advisory Group is comprised of the cities of Fillmore, Moorpark, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Ventura, and the Central Coast Climate Justice Network (CCCJN), Port of Hueneme, Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD), and Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC).
The PCAP will focus on three priority greenhouse gas (GHG) emitting sectors, identified by the Advisory Group. The three sectors that have been selected are Transportation, Buildings, and Solid Waste/Waste Generation. With the three sectors now selected, the County will conduct a regional (unincorporated and incorporated county) GHG inventory of the priority sectors. The County has hired Rincon Consultants, Inc. to assist with the creation of the GHG inventory and other elements for the PCAP which include a Low-Income and Disadvantaged Communities (LIDAC) Benefits Analysis and identification of GHG reduction measures.
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Timeline for CPRG Planning Grant
Priority Climate Action Plan Due
March 1, 2024
CPRG implementation Grant Proposals Due
April 1, 2024, by 11:59 pm (ET)
Comprehensive Climate Action Plan Due
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CPRG Advisory Committee
The Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) program provides $5 billion in grants to states, local governments, tribes, and territories to develop and implement ambitious plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollution.
Phase 1 of the CPRG program provides flexible support to states, local governments, tribes, and territories regardless of where they are in their climate planning and implementation process. Planning grant recipients are using the funding to design climate action plans that incorporate a variety of measures to reduce GHG emissions. Visit the CPRG Planning Grant webpage to learn more about key deliverables and deadlines.
On October 27, 2023. EPA announced the CPRG Implementation Grants Notice of Funding Opportunity. These competitions are open to entities that received planning grants to develop Priority Climate Action Plans (PCAPs) under phase 1 of the CPRG program, as well as entities that did not directly receive a planning grant that are applying for funds to implement measures included in an applicable PCAP. View their webpage to learn more about the CPRG Implementation Grant program.
On July 25, 2023 the Sustainability Division released a Request For Information requesting consultant expertise to conduct a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory and other deliverables for the PCAP. View the EPA Climate Pollution Reduction Grant Request For Information webpage for more information.
The County of Ventura’s Climate Action Plan is woven throughout the County’s 2040 General Plan and is available online at egeneralplan.vcrma.org. Sections of the 2040 General Plan with details related to the CAP can be found at:
- Ventura County 2040 General Plan, Various Elements for all policies and program depicted with a “CAP” icon;
- Ventura County 2040 General Plan, Chapter 1. Introduction
- Ventura County 2040 General Plan, Appendix B. Climate Change
- Draft EIR for the 2040 General Plan, Appendix D. GHG Calculations
- Draft EIR for the 2040 General Plan, Appendix F. Vehicle Miles Traveled Estimation
- Final EIR for the 2040 General Plan, Appendix D. Revised Draft EIR Appendix D GHG Calculations
The City of Oxnard adopted their Climate Action and Adaptation Plan on December 7, 2022. The City’s CAAP builds on the City’s successes of implementing the City’s 2030 General Plan and recommits to furthering the City’s sustainability goals and policies.
The City of Ventura has a draft Climate Action and Resilience Plan that will establish new vision for climate action, establish quantitative goals and tracking metrics, and identify programs/actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase resilience.
The City of Thousand Oaks is creating a Climate and Environmental Action Plan in parallel with their General Plan. Visit their website for more information.