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2023 reCAP Update: Watch the recording of the progress report delivered on February 7, 2024 here.

About the Climate Action Plan

Sustainable Princeton led the charge in coordinating and completing Princeton’s Climate Action Plan (CAP). Completed and adopted by Princeton Council at the July 22, 2019 Council meeting, the CAP articulates strategies to reduce carbon emissions and to help the community become more climate-resilient. The plan provides an ambitious, community-based path to reduce emissions 50% (from 2010 levels) by 2030, 65% by 2040, and 80% by 2050. While achieving these goals, the plan strives to promote social equity, foster economic stability, improve the local environmental quality, and enhance public health and safety.

Thank you to the 4,600+ community members who engaged with the plan throughout the process. The CAP received formal letters of support from the Princeton’s Bicycle Advisory Committee, Board of Health, Environmental Commission, Public Transit Advisory Committee, Shade Tree Commission and the Sustainable Princeton Board of Trustees. Thanks also goes to the CAPERS team which supported the CAP with its research efforts.

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Princeton Climate Action Plan.

The most essential aspects of Princeton CAP are summarized in four simple pages, The Princeton CAP Executive Summary (see above). To read the final version of the Princeton Climate Action Plan (CAP), you can download the full report here.

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2023 Climate Action Plan Progress Report (reCAP).

On February 7, 2024 Sustainable Princeton gave an update on the progress our town has made on its climate action goals since the CAP was adopted by council in 2019. 

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Princeton’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory.

In 2018, energy consultant Greener By Design was contracted to compile a complete inventory of Princeton’s greenhouse gas emissions from 2010 to 2017. This inventory is annually updated as a resource for the Princeton CAP. Learn about the updated inventories for 2019 and 2020.

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Princeton’s Sustainability Progress Report.

Completed in 2017, this presentation reviews the Princeton Environmental Commission’s 2009 Sustainable Princeton Community Plan and provides a report on progress from 2009 to 2017.