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Placer County Sustainability Plan (PCSP)




From the days of the Gold Rush to now, we in Placer County have a long tradition of self-sufficiency. We have sustained ourselves and cared for our families by rising to meet the daily challenges of Gold Country, working hard to live off the land, and prudently preserving our natural resources to provide healthy air and water for our families.

Today, we are continuing our Placer County tradition by facing the issue of our changing climate head-on. While some groups in our community may be more concerned about damage to the climate than others, we can all agree that health, safety, and economic opportunity for our loved ones is what matters most. Through this challenge, we have an opportunity to create stronger communities in our County.

Placer County is already seeing the effects from damage to our climate. For example, the record-breaking California drought weakened our trees and caused unprecedented bark beetle infestations. Together, the drought and infestations caused the death of over 102 million trees throughout California

This incredible increase in tree mortality led the Governor to proclaim a State of Emergency. Dry, dead trees can pose many hazards, especially in Placer County where over one-third of our land is National Forest area. Dead and dying trees can fall and burn more easily, creating potentially dangerous situations for our communities.

As part of Placer County's commitment to a healthy, safe, and prosperous future for its residents, the county is preparing a Sustainability Plan. This Plan will:

  1. identify key sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within the unincorporated county,
  2. provide a strategy of goals, policies, actions, and projects to reduce GHG emissions and assist statewide goals, and
  3. establish a plan to help residents adapt to the effects of changing climate conditions.

This plan is intended to reflect a vision, goals, and actions consistent with Placer County values and continue the commitment to sustain Placer County's quality of life for generations to come.

What's New

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventory

The County has updated its GHG Inventories for both the Government and Community-Wide Sectors. This inventory is intended to serve as the baseline for the Placer County Sustainability Plan and as a guidepost to local GHG emissions reduction efforts.

Sustainability Plan Schedule

Placer County is following a widely used and accepted planning process, consistent with State guidance, to create the County’s Sustainability Plan.

Outreach activities to members of the public and key stakeholders are set to occur in autumn 2017, winter 2018, and summer 2018.

Public workshops/meetings, which will serve as study sessions for County officials and will also provide additional engagement opportunities for members of the public and key stakeholders, are currently set for winter 2018, spring 2018, and autumn 2018.

A more detailed schedule will be available soon. Check back or sign up for the Sustainability Plan newsletter to be notified about progress and when you can join in the process and give input.

Public Workshops 

We are planning multiple outreach events throughout the county to allow you to ask questions and let your voice be heard. To receive notice of future scheduled meetings and workshops, please send your request to or sign up for the Sustainability Plan newsletter.

Past Public Workshops

Get Involved

Stay Updated

Sign up for the Sustainability Plan newsletter to stay updated on the newest information regarding the plan and to be notified about opportunities to give input. You can also email with questions or comments.

Save Money

There are a variety of simple ways you can save money by reducing your GHG emissions. Programs like Energy Upgrade California and mPower can help you find rebates for projects that make your home more energy-efficient.

Carbon Footprint Calculator

The first step to saving energy and money is to understand what your current impact is. Calculate the Carbon Footprint of your household or small business and learn how you can help the county reduce emissions.

What Placer is Already Doing

What Our Partners Are Already Doing

Project Contact

For more information regarding the Placer County Sustainability Plan, please contact:
Angel Green, Senior Planner