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These resources will help inform your efforts to promote community and individual action. 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.

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Bay Area Green Business Program

Partnership of government agencies and utilities helps local businesses comply with all environmental regulations and take actions to conserve resources, prevent pollution, and minimize waste.

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Bright Ideas for Connecting Youth and Sustainability

Local agencies throughout California are helping empower their community’s youth to make a difference while learning about sustainability.

See whitepaper at right for download.

This whitepaper originally appeared as an article in the September 2013 issue of Western City magazine.
 

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Addressing Climate Change: Ideas for Youth Commissions

This is the second in a series of Briefing Papers for youth commissions and councils that provide background information and ideas for commission member activities and actions on topics of concern to youth and their communities.

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City of Palo Alto – Involving the Public in Climate Change Action

Palo Alto is using an innovative and interactive online reporting tool to share the City’s progress in achieving its sustainability goals.

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Civic Engagement – Snapshot of Local Agency Programs and Policies 2009

A large number of cities and counties engage their residents in discussions about climate change and involve them in developing policies and programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Climate Change Curriculum
Air Resources Board

The California Air Resources Board has collected an assortment of climate change-related curriculum. The website includes lesson plans, activities and teaching modules on climate change subjects. While mostly targeted to youth, it contains basic information that may be useful to adults as well.

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Cool California

CoolCalifornia.org is a new one-stop-shop for all Californians filled with quick, easy-to-use and reliable tools that Californians need to save money and reduce their impact on the climate.

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Flex Your Power

Flex Your Power offers a information about energy efficiency, climate change, and a database of energy conservation rebates, incentives and services searchable by California zip code.

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Involving Youth in Your Agency’s Sustainability Activities

Local agencies use a variety of methods to involve young people in local government. Many cities and counties have active youth commissions or youth councils. As local agencies embrace sustainability goals, new opportunities emerge to engage young people. Whether the sustainability activities involve energy efficiency, planning for a more bike-friendly downtown, responding to climate change or updating a General Plan, local agencies throughout California can benefit by including youth as part of the process.

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Local Government Climate Hubs

SF Bay Area cities and counties are using innovative websites to engage communities in climate action.

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San Diego County Green Business Program

The goal of the San Diego Area Green Business Program is to encourage “green” practices among businesses in the region by offering tools to implement more efficient and sustainable business operations.

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San Francisco Green Business Program

San Francisco’s Energy Watch Program helps businesses and multi-family property owners identify energy savings.

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Figure 1: Regional Differences in Public's Views of Local Agencies' Climate Change Actions

What Does the Public Really Think About Climate Change?

As local officials contemplate how best to plan their communities’ actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change, they consider what their residents think about these issues. To assist in these efforts, it can be instructive to take a look at what we know about the public’s views on climate change.

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