CEQA and Climate Adaptation

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) generally requires state and local government agencies to inform decision makers and the public about the potential environmental impacts of proposed projects, and to reduce those environmental impacts to the extent feasible. The Natural Resources Agency maintains an interactive flowchart summarizing the CEQA process.

Since a key purpose of CEQA is to maintain the quality of California's environment, both now and into the future, reducing the risk of dangerous climate change is an important objective under CEQA. Section 15126.2 of the CEQA Guidelines has been revised by the Resources Agency to direct lead agencies to evaluate the impacts of locating development in areas susceptible to hazardous conditions, including hazards potentially exacerbated by climate change. Locating state projects in such areas may require additional guidance that in part depends on planning tools such as Cal-adapt and others developed by state agencies.

For more information about CEQA and climate change, please visit OPR's CEQA and Climate Change page.