Chapter 5: Local Action Plan

Stakeholder Engagement

This section presents different strategies cities can use to work with their community leaders in developing and implementing climate protection programs. It recommends creating partnerships with various stakeholders to create momentum, longevity and success for programs. . . . [read more].

Best Bets

Best Bets describe initiatives that have lower initial costs, short payback, positive return on investment and can quickly reduce GHG emissions. In evaluating what programs cities should put in place, cities should consider first the greatest sources of emissions, as shown by the baseline inventory and then create the best package of programs to quickly control emissions. This section consists of nine best bets for municipalities; six of them for municipal operations and three for the municipal interface with residents and businesses. . . [read more]

Long Term Initiatives

Long Term Initiative section gives cities a look at more comprehensive carbon reduction opportunities. It packages the best bets with those that have lower or longer paybacks. That way, fast payback measures can “subsidize” the longer-payback measures, enabling cities to achieve even greater carbon reductions. This section consists of six long term initiatives that describe the issues that need to be considered in the transition to radically reduced emissions. . . . [read more].

Reducing Impact of (Continuing) Emissions

This section describes concepts and programs that will assist in reducing the impact of emissions that cannot be immediately removed. These includes urban reforestation, sequestration, and carbon offset and cap and trade programs. . . [read more].

Adapting to Climate Impacts

This section discusses policies cities can implement to help residents adapt to climate impacts, making the adjustments to survive the global warming already underway. . . . [read more].