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 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 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.
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.
Senate Bill 375 (2008, Steinberg) builds on the existing
framework of regional planning in an effort to reduce greenhouse
gas emissions from motor vehicle trips.The Institute for Local
Government has created this resource center which includes three
premier workbooks (located to the right) to help local officials
learn about California’s SB 375 as it relates to: