Forests, parks, agricultural lands and open space serve as “carbon sinks” by storing greenhouse gas emissions that otherwise contribute to climate change. Co-benefits of preserving open space and protecting local agriculture may include: making recreational activities available to community residents and, in some cases, reducing vehicle miles traveled.
Cities and counties are leading by example and undertaking a
range of activities to create more sustainable communities.
These case stories review different local agencies’ experiences
related to open space and offsetting carbon emissions.
These resources will help inform your open space and offsetting
carbon emissions activities. Resources include links to
organizations, state and federal agencies, tools, guides and tip
sheets to support your work. You’ll also find examples of
programs and materials from cities and counties.