California has received worldwide attention for the state’s ambitious efforts to address climate change. California’s 482 cities and 58 counties are proud of what they have accomplished to help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and are poised to do more in the years ahead. Despite limited resources, cities and counties across the state have found cost efficient, innovative solutions that reflect the unique characteristics of their communities. The Institute’s Climate Action programs, services and resources help local leaders understand, apply and track the results of these innovative practices, demonstrating how California communities are setting an example for the state, nation and the world.
Recent actions by the California Legislature and the Administration of Governor Brown promise to accelerate state efforts to address climate change. Cap and trade is one key strategy that California is implementing to achieve the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals set in the state law. This resource center provides an overview of cap and trade, the funding available to local governments and each of the current cap and trade funds as of August, 2017. View the individual funds below.Click here to download the overview infographic.
The Institute for Local Government’s Sustainability Best Practices Framework offers options for local action in ten areas. They are drawn from practical experiences of cities and counties throughout California. The options vary in complexity and are adaptable to fit the unique needs and circumstances of individual communities.
The financing sustainability resource center includes resources to help local agencies finance and support sustainability activities, including links to utility and state agency programs, white papers and tip sheets.
Climate change will impact California in a number of critical ways, including impacts on agriculture from changing in weather patterns, water availability, increased severe heat events, droughts, heavy rains, reduced snow pack, rising sea levels, and changes in disease patterns. Thus, California cities and counties need to begin to plan now to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
Senate Bill 375 (2008, Steinberg) builds on the existing framework of regional planning in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicle trips.The Institute for Local Government has created this resource center which includes three premier workbooks (located to the right) to help local officials learn about California’s SB 375 as it relates to:
The Sustainable Communities Learning Network helps local officials and staff to access and share resources and tools that encourage their communities to consider and apply economically, socially and environmentally sustainable practices.