Sustain Placer


December 2, 2019

2019 Cover PageThe November 2019 Final Placer County Sustainability Plan (PCSP) is now available. The PCSP is a comprehensive program that outlines various programs and policies that will be undertaken by the community and the County as a whole, in order to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and enhance community resiliency to long-term changes associated with climate-related hazards.


  • The Final PCSP can be found here.
  • The Final PCSP with track-changes can be found here.

Public comments are encouraged throughout the planning process. For questions or feedback on the PCSP, please send an email to or contact Angel Green at 530-745-3084.

Public Hearings

The Placer County Planning Commission will be conducting a public hearing on December 12, 2019 to receive input from the public on the Final PCSP and to consider forwarding a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors. The Planning Commission agenda and meeting materials can be found here on or about December 4, 2019.

Following the Planning Commission public hearing, a Board of Supervisors public hearing will be conducted in early 2020. The Board of Supervisors will receive input from the public and will consider the Planning Commission’s recommendation. 

August 22, 2019

On August 22, 2019, the Planning Commission received a presentation on the status of the County’s Draft Sustainability Plan. The meeting can be viewed on the Planning Commission webpage here.


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.

Historical Map of Placer County

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.

Effects of Climate Change

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.

Aerial Photo of Trees Demonstrating Tree Mortality

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.

Sustainability Plan Commitments

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:

  • Identify key sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within the unincorporated county.
  • Provide a strategy of goals, policies, actions, and projects to reduce GHG emissions and assist statewide goals.
  • 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.