Bay Area Climate Action Resources


State Water Resources Control Board

The mission of the State Water Resources Control Board is to ensure the highest reasonable quality for waters of the State, while allocating those waters to achieve the optimum balance of beneficial uses. The joint authority of water allocation and water quality protection enables the Water Board to provide comprehensive protection for California’s waters. 


California Department of Water Resources

The Department of Water Resources provides grant and loan programs, information and data and technical assistance in support of local efforts to improve efficiency and conservation in water and waste water systems.


Save Our Water

The program offers consumer-oriented information and tools for understanding the long-term issues facing the state’s water system and practical tips for reducing water use indoors and outdoors. Save Our Water is a joint effort by the Association of California Water Agencies and the California Department of Water Resources in response to severe water challenges facing the state.


The California Climate Action Registry

The California Climate Action Registry served as a voluntary greenhouse gas registry to protect and promote early actions to reduce GHG emissions by organizations through 2010.  The California Registry has been folded into the Climate Registry, which covers all of North America.


ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

ICLEI is an association founded in 1990 of 1100 local governments from 67 countries who are committed to sustainable development. ICLEI provides technical consulting, training, and information services to build capacity, share knowledge, and support local government in the implementation of sustainable development at the local level.


Cool Roofs Make the News

Cool roofs dramatically cut energy and save signficant costs. NY Times article published July 29, 2009.


California Climate Adaptation Strategy

Released in 2009, this multi-sector strategy is designed to help guide California’s efforts in adapting to climate change impacts. The California Natural Resources Agency, in coordination with other state agencies, are updating the Climate Adaptation Strategy in 2012 and will seek public comment in 2013.

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ABAG Energy Watch Program Saves Money and Energy

The Association of Bay Area Governments Energy Watch Partnership provides free energy efficiency services to local governments in the SF Bay Area.

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MTC Parking Toolkit

Parking policies play a key role in shaping development patterns in communities throughout the Bay Area — and have a major impact on the quality and feasibility of transit-oriented development.

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CAPCOA Model Policies for Greenhouse Gases in General Plans

This report contains model greenhouse gas reduction policies prepared by California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA) for inclusion in General Plans, along with a wide range of related information for local officials.

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Bay Area Regional GHG Inventory

This regional inventory provides an overview of greenhouse gas emission sources in the Bay Area, including breakdowns by county and by sector.

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“Protect Your Climate” Curriculum

BAAQMD’s Protect Your Climate, the first comprehensive climate protection curriculum in California, offers 16 lessons for 4th and 5th graders that can be easily adapted for other grades.

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BAAQMD 2009 Climate Action Leadership Summit

Access resources & materials from this regional summit of local Bay Area leaders, including an excerpt from Thomas Friedman’s keynote address.


Alternative Fuels & Advanced Vehicles Data Center
U.S. Department of Energy

Interested in learning more about lower carbon fuel vehicles? The Alternative Fuels & Advanced Vehicles Data Center operated by the U.S. Department of Energy offers a wealth of information.


Cool California is a new one-stop-shop for all Californians filled with quick, easy-to-use and reliable tools that Californians need to save money and reduce their impact on the climate.


San Francisco Green Business Program

San Francisco’s Energy Watch Program helps businesses and multi-family property owners identify energy savings.

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Contra Costa County – Help Fight Global Warming

Includes a wide range of programs and activities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (pollution that causes global warming).


Bay Area Green Business Program

Partnership of government agencies and utilities helps local businesses comply with all environmental regulations and take actions to conserve resources, prevent pollution, and minimize waste.



StopWaste.Org in Alameda County provides recycling and climate change information for local agencies.