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Climate Action


Climate Action

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. 


Climate Adaptation and Resilience

Climate change will impact California in a number of critical ways, including increased severe heat events, droughts, heavy rains, reduced snow pack, rising sea levels, and changes in disease patterns. California cities and counties need to begin to plan now to adapt to the impacts of climate change.


Cap and Trade

Cap and trade is one key strategy that California is implementing to achieve the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals set in 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. 


Local Climate Action Library (LoCAL)

The Institute for Local Government’s Sustainability Best Practices Framework has been enhanced and transformed into a new searchable database called the Local Climate Action Library (LoCAL). LoCAL features hundreds of policies, programs, and practices implemented by local governments across California, aimed at promoting climate equity, environmental stewardship, and economic stability.

We invite local government staff and officials to explore this new resource to:

  • Identify promising sustainability programs and policies;
  • Inform a comprehensive climate action planning process; 
  • Inspire community engagement and partnership activities; or
  • Integrate sustainability and equity into general plan policies.

Check out our interactive tool below. Have a suggestion on how to improve this resource? Contact Nikita Sinha at

How to use the interactive tool:

  1. Select which chapter of the best practices you want to explore by selecting a Sustainability Topic
  2. Refine your search by selecting a Subtopic, Category, Primary Partner, Co-benefit, Location, and/or Community Engagement tactic.
  3. Find more details on the best practice by hovering the icon on the right
  4. Download a pdf or Excel file of your refined search by selecting the download icon on the bottom right


Planning for Climate Change

This section features resources and examples to help your community integrate climate change considerations into planning and plan for climate change impacts.

Related information is available from the Institute’s Sustainability Best Practices Framework.

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