Initially intended to serve as a policy-level strategic platform to guide Irvine's efforts toward a greenhouse gas emission reduction goal, the city of Irvine Climate Action Plan (CAP) has evolved into a set of targeted planning tools.
The goal and expected result of these efforts will not only be a significant reduction in the city's carbon emissions, officials say, but also the quick delivery of financial benefits through a variety of energy-related savings to homeowners, businesses, and city government.
The city of Irvine has taken many ambitious steps to preserve the quality of life through setting aside open space, protecting the environment, and developing or participating in programs to conserve energy. It has also installed reclaimed water systems to conserve potable water and enforced development standards for fire protection such as fire resistant landscaping and building features that help prevent the spread of fire.
Other sustainability intiatives in Irvine include: home and business energy savings tips; green building; home, school and business recycling education programs; water and air quality education and tips; and public programs on "zero waste."