Sarasota-Manatee Region Climate Pollution Reduction Plan

The Plan

Local governments and partners in the Sarasota - Manatee region are working on a greenhouse gas reduction plan, with the goal of reducing climate pollution and addressing other harmful air pollutants.

Why complete a regional greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction plan?

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) program awarded Sarasota County a planning grant to develop a regional greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction plan. Developing the regional GHG reduction plan will position local and tribal governments in the region to compete for the EPA CPRG Implementation Grants with awards totaling $4.6B in March 2024, and other grant opportunities.

What will be included in the plan?

We're developing a plan to reduce climate pollution in our region. This involves understanding our current emissions, setting goals for the future, and taking specific steps to cut down on these emissions. Our plan includes details on costs, who's in charge, and when things will happen. Beyond just reducing climate pollution, we're also focused on how these actions can benefit our community, particularly for those who need it most. This includes creating economic opportunities for disadvantaged and low-income communities, along with planning for job opportunities and workforce development. 

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How To Engage

It is time for a Comprehensive Climate Action Plan!

This summer, we are embarking on developing a comprehensive long-term framework called the Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP), which includes extensive community engagement. Please register for these events and share your input!

Upcoming Engagement Opportunities

Community-Based Organizations Workshop #2 (invite-only)
July 10, 2:30 pm

Public Meeting #1 (virtual only)
October 2, 2024, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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Public Meeting #2 (In-person only)
March 6, 2025, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
USF Selby Auditorium 8350 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243
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Priority Climate Action Plan

Thank you for providing input through the survey and stakeholder meetings. Your input on the region’s priority was used as the foundation to develop the Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP).   Read The Priority Climate Action Plan

Past Engagement

Community-Based Organizations Workshop #1
Community based organizations in the region met with County stakeholders on February 16, 2024, to identify top challenges and opportunities to reduce air pollution.  View the PresentationRead the Meeting Notes