Open Space & Offsetting Carbon Emissions

Overview

Open Space & Offsetting Carbon Emissions

Forests, parks, agricultural lands and open space serve as “carbon sinks” by storing greenhouse gas emissions that otherwise contribute to climate change. Co-benefits of preserving open space and protecting local agriculture may include: making recreational activities available to community residents and, in some cases, reducing vehicle miles traveled.

Sustainability Best Practice Area

Open Space & Offsetting Carbon Emissions
Updated June 2013

Learn more about best practice options to consider when addressing open space and offsetting carbon emissions at the local level.

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Open Space & Offsetting Carbon Emissions Case Stories

Cities and counties are leading by example and undertaking a range of activities to create more sustainable communities.  These case stories review different local agencies’ experiences related to open space and offsetting carbon emissions.

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Open Space & Offsetting Carbon Emissions Resources

These resources will help inform your open space and offsetting carbon emissions activities. Resources include links to organizations, state and federal agencies, tools, guides and tip sheets to support your work.  You’ll also find examples of programs and materials from cities and counties.

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