CAPS Tools

Each city in San Mateo County has the opportunity to develop its own Climate Action Plan (CAP) using tools developed by C/CAG in conjunction with DNV GL and Hara. This project was funded by grants from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). Climate Action Plans developed from these tools will meet BAAQMD's California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines for a Qualified Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy.


These documents are available for cities to use at no charge. Documents may be updated periodically.

RICAPS Users Guide

This document walks cities through the process of creating a Qualified CAP using the RICAPS tools. This guide will continue to be updated as the process and tools are refined. Check back for newer versions of this guide and the other RICAPS tools.
RICAPS Users Guide v1
RICAPS Users Guide v1 Appendix A
RICAPS Users Guide v1 Appendix B

Climate Action Plan Template (CAP Template)

This Microsoft Word file is a written template that contains all of the elements necessary to create a Qualified CAP. The actual CAP Template is approximately 40 pages and there are about 20 pages of appendices. The Template can be used as a starting point. All yellow-highlighted sections need to be edited or updated with the city's specific emissions goals, selected measures, and other data. All other text may be left as is or modified at your city's discretion. Specific instructions have been included within the text to support the CAP writer.
RICAPS CAP Template (v5.1)

Manual of Calculations of Proposed Measures with Selection Guide (Menu of Measures)

C/CAG recommends the approximately 40 measures in this Microsoft Excel file because they are effective and measurable for greenhouse gas reduction. Once data regarding a set of defined assumptions are entered, the worksheet automatically calculates the GHG emission reductions, and financial costs and benefits expected from the measure. Cities can use the document as a selection and prioritization tool - it will help you prioritize options and choose the measures that are most appropriate for your community or government operations based on the score that is received by each measure.
RICAPS Measures (v3)

For more information about RICAPS and/or to sign up to receive technical assistance in creating your city's CAP contact us.