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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. Some groups in our community may be more concerned about damage to our climate than others. No matter what your opinion is, 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 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.

Right now, Placer County is striving towards a healthier, safer, and more economic future for its residents by creating a Sustainability Plan (PCSP). This Plan will (1) identify key sources of greenhouse gases (GHGs) within the County, (2) build a strategy to reduce GHG emissions and meet statewide goals, and (3) establish a plan to help residents adapt to the effects of changing climate conditions. This plan will add to our already robust plan to sustain our residents’ quality of life for generations to come.

What Placer County is Already Doing

What Our Partners Are Already Doing

Sustainability Plan Schedule

Placer County is following a widely used and accepted 5-step 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 for the PCSP will be available soon. Check back or sign up for the PCSP newsletter to be notified about progress and when you can join in the process and give input.

Get Involved

Stay Updated

Sign up for the PCSP newsletter to stay updated on the newest information regarding the plan and to know when you’ll have a​n opportunity to voice your opinions. You can also email for more information.

Voice Your Opinion at a Workshop Near You

We are planning multiple outreach events throughout the county to allow you to let your opinion be heard and ask the questions you need answers to. Email for more information on meeting dates and locations.

Carbon Footprint Calculator

The first step to saving energy and money is to understand what your current impact is. Calculate the Carbon Footprint for your household or small business and learn about ways to reduce the use of dirty fuels.

Save Money by Reducing Emissions

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

Project Contact

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