Chester County Climate Action Plan - October 2021

The Chester County Climate Action Plan was adopted by the County Commissioners on October 7, 2021. The plan was prepared by the Chester County Planning Commission in partnership with the County's Environmental and Energy Advisory Board. The Climate Action Plan provides a blueprint for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing energy efficiency at County government facilities and community-wide.


Vision for Climate Action in Chester County


Chester County's vision for Climate Action is to reduce the county's contribution to global climate change and equitably improve the health and well-being of the community by: reducing greenhouse emissions through government leadership and collaboration, mitigating impacts of climate change through resiliency and planning, and transitioning to clean and sustainable energy generation.

Taking Action

The plan identifies objectives and actions under four categories based on the primary source of emissions. The potential impact of the action, priority, timeframe, co-benefits, and implementers are identified in the action tables.

View the full Climate Action Plan.

View the Executive Summary.

View the Climate Action Plan Meeting Slideshow.

Chester County Greenhouse Gas Reduction Report - May 2010

The Chester County Greenhouse Gas Reduction Task Force was formed in 2007 to develop an action plan for reducing greenhouse gases. The resulting report established a blueprint for how the County, local municipalities, business and other stakeholders can reduce their carbon footprint. View the 2010 Report

The Climate Action Plan (2021) recognizes the actions taken since the Green House Gas Reduction Report was completed and expands on strategies to address climate change.

Climate Action Resources

DVRPC Energy & Climate Resources

DVRPC provides resources that address climate change and related issues, including greenhouse gas emissions inventories, energy efficiency, alternative energy and fuels, renewable energy ordinances, transportation, local action plans, and statewide adaptation plans. Visit Website

PA DEP Climate Change

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) website has comprehensive information about climate change and how it is impacting Pennsylvania. The information also includes what is being done to mitigate the impact and protect residents throughout the region. From policy actions to innovative programs, PA DEP is undertaking a coordinated effort to ensure a stable and safe environment as we face the changes in the climate. Visit Website

PA Climate Action Plan

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Climate Change Advisory Committee produced the Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan which was released in 2019 as required under the Pennsylvania Climate Change Act of 2008. An update of the plan was released in September 2021. The plan includes adaptation goals and emission reduction targets and specific strategies to meet those goals. The greenhouse gas reduction goals of the Chester County Climate Action Plan are consistent with those of the PA Climate Action Plan. Visit Website

Clean and Sustainable Energy

Clean energy initiatives address climate change and support a sustainable and resilient energy network, including information on electric vehicles and municipal renewable energy ordinances. Learn more