One of the first steps in designing a comprehensive approach to
reducing greenhouse gas emissions is to conduct an inventory that
identifies the origins of your agency’s (or community’s)
greenhouse gas emissions originate. By understanding what
activities generate the greatest amount of greenhouse gas
emissions, it is possible to prioritize subsequent activities to
reduce the emissions in order to achieve the greatest reductions
Climate action plans are comprehensive roadmaps that outline the
specific activities that an agency will undertake to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions. Climate action plans build upon the
information gathered by greenhouse gas inventories and generally
focus on those activities that can achieve the relatively
greatest emission reductions in the most cost effective manner.
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
The Beacon Award is sponsored by the Statewide Energy Efficiency
Collaborative, which offers no-cost resources to support the
energy and climate initiatives of California local governments.
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