Sustainability Best Practices Framework: 2013 Update
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.
Local officials and staff may use the framework in a variety of ways, including to:
- Generate ideas about programs and policies to pursue;
- Inform a comprehensive climate action planning process; or
- Integrate sustainability into general plan policies.
Download the entire Best Practices Framework or use the navigation on the left or below to access best practices, case stories and resources by best practice area.
For information related to greenhouse gas inventories, climate action planning and adapting to climate change, visit Planning for Climate Change.
Three Updated Areas Now Available – More to Come
First released in 2008, the Sustainability Best Practices Framework has gone through several iterations. The Institute is updating the framework in stages in 2013. The first three updated best practice areas are:
- Energy Efficiency and Conservation
- Green Building
- Renewable Energy and Low-Carbon Fuels
The updates reflect activities cities and counties participating in the Beacon recognition program have undertaken, technological advancements and policy changes at the state level. Like the original Best Practices Framework, updates have been peer-reviewed and reflect input from local and state officials, technical experts and others. The remaining seven areas will be updated and released throughout 2013.
The Sustainability Best Practices Framework highlights the ongoing good work at the local level to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is an evolving resource and new ideas are welcome, along with any materials or background information that may benefit local agencies. Please email us at email@example.com.