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Evaluating Greenhouse Gas Emissions as Part of California’s Environmental Review (CEQA) Process: A Local Official’s Guide


This guide provides information about California law related to evaluating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as part of California’s environmental review (CEQA) process. It is written for the busy local official and others seeking a plain language explanation of the requirements. It includes endnotes for those who want more detailed information or references to the law.

The Institute for Local Government encourages review and feedback from local officials and experts in the field on its resources. To offer comments or suggestions on this white paper, please email


The Institute thanks the law firm of Best Best & Krieger for its technical and generous financial support in preparing this guide.

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