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Bay Area Climate Action Resources


City of Del Mar Climate Action Plan

The Del Mar Climate Action Plan includes commitment to 100% clean energy, with an emphasis on social equity and green jobs. A chapter of the CAP is dedicated to adaptation strategies in six vulnerable sectors: Public Health & Safety, Water Availability, Coastal Flooding, Wildfire, Natural Systems & Wildlife and Electrical Demand.

Del Mar participates in the Clean Energy Alliance Community Choice Energy program together with Carlsbad and Solana Beach.


Sustainability Funding Resources

The following summarizes major resources to support sustainability efforts. The summary is not intended to be exhaustive. Additional targeted or other resources may be available in individual geographic areas. Because funding sources, eligibility criteria and availability change constantly, local officials are encouraged to review the programs themselves carefully.


Working with Energy Utilities to Finance Energy-Efficiency Improvements

Local agencies throughout California are striving to reduce costs, even as the demand for services grows. In this environment, improving efficiency helps agencies do more with their existing resources and can offer a high return on investment. This whitepaper offers suggestions on working with energy utilities to finance energy efficiency improvements.


Regional Approaches to Climate Action

The Bay Area’s regional agencies are aligning efforts to coordinate climate action, implement SB 375, and engage local governments.


Climate Bay Area: Advancing the Region’s Climate Effort

Learn how Climate Bay Area, a multi-sector partnership, is advancing climate actions in the San Francisco Bay Area.


IPCC – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, also known as the IPCC, is the leading body for the assessment of climate change, established by the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Meteorological Organization to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic consequences.


Financing Local Sustainability Efforts

This whitepaper offers resources to identify funding sources and key issues to consider related to financing local sustainability efforts.


Clean Cities Program (U.S. Department of Energy)

Clean Cities strives to advance the nation’s economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local decisions to adopt practices that contribute to the reduction of petroleum consumption. Clean Cities has a network of approximately 90 volunteer coalitions, which develop public/private partnerships to promote alternative fuels and advanced vehicles, fuel blends, fuel economy, hybrid vehicles, and idle reduction.


EPA Green Vehicle Guide

This tool from EPA provides information that can help you choose the cleanest and most fuel-efficient vehicles.

Case Story


FOCUS channels Bay Area development in the right direction.


BAAQMD Climate Grants at Work

Explore the innovative ways Bay Area local governments and nonprofits are reducing greenhouse gases.


California Building Standards Commission
California State Building Codes

The California State Building Standards Commission features all of California building codes, a variety of resources and the 2010 California Green Building Code (CalGreen Code).


California Green Builder

This program of the non-profit Building Industry Institute provides guidelines and certification systems, and encourages voluntary partnerships between builders and local governments to build cost-effective, green homes that benefit homebuyers and the community at large through improvements in energy efficiency, indoor air quality and comfort, on-site waste recycling, and water and wood conservation.


Build It Green

Build It Green is a non-profit membership organization providing green building guidelines and rating systems (such as the GreenPoint Rated home rating system).  The organization also offers training, tools, technical expertise and partnership opportunities for a variety of key stakeholders, including public agencies, to accelerate the adoption of green building practices.


Green Building Tip Sheet

This resource provides a basic overview of tips for reducing greenhouse gas emissions through Green Building.


The Ahwahnee Water Principles for Resource-Efficient Land Use
Local Government Commission

These stewardship principles, developed by the Local Government Commission, can help cities and counties reduce costs and improve the reliability and quality of water resources.  The Awhahnee Water Principles are meant to compliment the original Ahwahnee Principles for Resource-Efficient Land Use.


Association of California Water Agencies

The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) is the largest statewide coalition of public water agencies in the country.  Its nearly 450 public agency members collectively are responsible for 90% of the water delivered to cities, farms and businesses in California.


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.

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