Restricted Research - Award List, Note/Discussion Page

Fiscal Year: 2018

1999  The University of Texas at San Antonio  (75817)

Principal Investigator: Rashed-Ali, Hazem (Principal Investigator) Sharif, Hatim (Co-PI) Tillyer, Robert (Co-PI) Romero, Francine (Co-PI) Enriquez, Roger (Co-PI) Merrifield, John (Co-PI) Muhlestein, Keith (Co-PI)  

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 500,000

Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): Yes

Start and End Dates: 9/1/17 - 2/28/19

Restricted Research: YES


Department, Center, School, or Institute: Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute (TSERI)  

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: City of San Antonio Climate Action and Adaptation Plan

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: City Public Svc

Program Title: N/A


The proposed project is to develop the City of San Antonio Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP). The proposed approach for the project is based on the scope of work prepared by the City of San Antonio and is informed by available guidelines for developing climate action plans (e.g. Climate Smart Communities, 2014; C40, 2017, Prazen, 20019), by available GHG inventory protocols, methodologies, and assessment tools (e.g. CIRIS, 2017; CURB, 2017; GHG Protocol, 2014; ICF International, 2013; ICLEI, 2013; TCR, 2010), as well as by previously developed climate action plans for major US cities (e.g. Austin, Chicago, Portland, San Diego, Washington DC). A climate action plan (CAP) is a strategy document that outlines a collection of measures and policies that reduce GHG emissions. Using the GHG emissions inventory as the foundation, a CAP defines GHG reduction goals based on local priorities for reducing emissions and provides the guiding framework for achieving those goals (Climate Smart Communities, 2014). The proposed approach for develops a CAAP for the City of San Antonio aim The proposed approach aims to achieve the following objectives: 1- The plan will be informed by existing best practices from across the US and will utilize state-of-the-art protocols, tools, and methodologies for developing GHG inventories. 2- The plan will include a rigorous stakeholder and community engagement component aiming to solicit input from different sources and from all possible stakeholder groups, and to develop a sense of ownership and shared responsibility between these different groups. 3- The plan will be developed in the context of and in collaboration with the existing SA Tomorrow plans including the sustainability, comprehensive and transportation plans. 4- The plan will aim to achieve the highest levels of accuracy possible, within the limitations of existing data, in establishing a GHG emissions baseline, future emissions projections, and determining the share of different GHG emission sources. 5- The plan will explore a wide range of mitigation and adaptation strategies including existing CPS Energy and City programs as well as best practices from other cities, and will aim to, as accurately as possible, assess the impact of each strategy on the GHG emissions as well as other associated benefits and costs, including any possible co-benefits on issues such as public health, air quality, economic development, employment opportunities, etc. 6- The plan will explore both mitigation strategies, aiming to reduce or prevent the emission of GHGs, and adaptation strategies aiming to prepare the community for the unavoidable impacts of climate change. Strategies achieving both objectives will also be identified. 7- The project team will work with CPS, the City and other stakeholders to develop realistic and achievable GHG emissions reductions targets and time frames, as well as develop effective implementation plans that have the potential of aching these reduction targets in the desired time frame. 8- The plan will easily understandable develop metrics both for reporting GHG inventory baseline and projections at multiple levels as well as for tracking progress towards achieving the plan’s reduction targets. Methods of tracking and reporting this progress will also be developed.


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