What is a Climate Action Plan?

A Climate Action Plan (CAP) is a detailed proposal on actions an agency can take to reduce its contribution to climate change, especially through greenhouse gas reductions. CAPs are used primarily by local, regional, national and international organizations and governments to guide political and economic initiatives.

 

Climate Action Plans in the United States

Published in 2013, former President Barack Obama’s national Climate Action Plan prioritized cutting carbon pollution, preparing the United States for the impacts of climate change, and leading international efforts to combat global climate change and its impacts. This Plan, along with Obama’s Clean Power Plan, was eliminated in March of 2017 by President Donald Trump.

While climate change is a global issue, tangible progress comes from individual and community action. Many U.S. cities, counties, and towns have created their own Climate Action Plans . Cities across the U.S., ranging from Boston, MA to San Diego, CA, have crafted their own roadmaps to address the threat of climate change. Each action plan is unique to its municipality and few efforts have tracked their differences, successes and shortcomings.

 

 

The need for a Climate Action Roadmap

Currently, there is a gap in the information available for municipalities considering or actively complete climate action plans. Networks like the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives provide some networking and story-sharing platforms, but lack comparative maps and simple how-to guides. The Climate Action Plan Roadmap (CAPR) project seeks to create a guide for municipalities to establish their own CAPs, serving as a Wikipedia for sustainable cities.

This platform cannot work alone. The success of this initiative will be enhanced by the participation of city representatives and interested community members. Contribution from CAPR users helps ensure that our information is up to date, accurate, and that interested users are able to synergize. Our Community page provides resources for conversation, Q&A, resource-sharing, and other forms of collaboration between interested and involved climate mitigation stewards from around the country. The ultimate goal of this project is to foster an easy-to-use resource library and collaboration hub for CAP development and implementation.