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 impacts on agriculture from changing in weather
patterns, water availability, increased severe heat events,
droughts, heavy rains, reduced snow pack, rising sea levels, and
changes in disease patterns. Thus, California cities and counties
need to begin to plan now to adapt to the impacts of climate
Recent actions by the California Legislature and the
Administration of Governor Brown promise to accelerate state
efforts to address climate change. Cap and trade is one key
strategy that California is implementing to achieve the
greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals set in the 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 as of August, 2017. View the
individual funds below.Click here
to download the overview infographic.
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.
The financing sustainability resource center includes resources
to help local agencies finance and support sustainability
activities, including links to utility and state agency programs,
white papers and tip sheets.
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:
The Sustainable Communities Leadership Network helps local officials and staff to access and share resources and tools that encourage their communities to consider and apply economically, socially and environmentally sustainable practices.