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Step 3: Develop a Climate Action Plan
Develop a Climate Action Plan
By establishing a Climate Action Plan, cities and counties can identify approaches unique to their community to achieve GHG emission reductions.
Key components to “Step 3 – Developing a Climate Action Plan” are: 1) evaluating and selecting emission reduction strategies; 2) vetting strategies through a public process; 3) engaging in the environmental review process (CEQA); and, 4) incorporating selected strategies and measures into a Climate Action Plan and/or General Plan so they will be implemented.
In selecting your GHG emissions reduction strategies, check out the action areas below, each area lists specific actions and resources to learn more:
- Save Energy
- Transportation Policies
- Use Green Energy
- Save Water
- Recycle and Cut Waste
- Buy Green
- Build Green
- Cool Community Strategies - Roofs, Pavements, Vegetation
A table of contents at the top of each Take Action page directs you to no-cost, low-cost, and investment opportunities to reduce the impacts of climate change. The resources section on the right hand side of the page provides related sites with additional information.
Another important piece to climate action planning and reducing GHG emissions relates to environmental review, specifically the California Environmental Review Act (CEQA). For more information on how CEQA relates to development of climate action plans, visit the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research website.
To comply with AB 32 and SB 375, the California Air Resources Board funded research to create a spreadsheet tool that uses empirical analysis of travel survey data to quantify how much Californians will change the amount that they drive in response to changes in land use and transport system variables.
The California Air Resources Board funded this project which created a spreadsheet-based calculator to allow local land use planners to estimate the greenhouse gas emissions expected to result by 2035 from residential energy use under different local land use scenarios.
ClearPath replaces ICLEI’s popular CACP software, and also does much more. ClearPath is an all-in-one suite of online tools to complete GHG inventories, forecasts, and climate action plans at the community-wide or government operations scale.
The State Energy Efficiency Collaborative provides a template available to California local governments developing customized climate action plans.
This California Department of Public Health publication provides guidance on why, how, and where to include public health content as part of developing a Climate Action Plan.
CEC offers a menu of strategies to help local governments to improve energy efficiency, reduce energy consumption, and enhance renewable sources of energy.
CAPCOA developed a resource document that includes options for quantifying and evaluating the significance of greenhouse gas emissions in General Plans.
The California Emissions Estimator Model is a statewide land use emissions model based on CAPCOA's GHG measure quantification guidance.
I-PLACE3S is a software tool that facilitates an integrated land use and transportation planning known as scenario planning.
Available at Cost
A land-use and transportation scenario tool for quantifying GHG emissions.