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The Climate Protection Manual for Cities was developed by Natural Capitalism Solutions as a tool for Local Governments.
Cities looking for resources to initiate a climate action plan are faced with surveying hundreds of different organizations and their web sites or scouring other cities resources to find what they are doing, frequently hidden within city budgets under indirect line items. This Climate Protection Manual for Cities is collaborative, collecting the disparate case studies, best practices, cost/benefit analyses, legislation, technical descriptions and contacts to facilitate Climate action planning and implementation. The manual will be free to use, open to the public enabling climate protection advocates and implementers to access data, articles and each other.
[Download] the whole manual as one 317 page document (4.4 MB)
[Download] the whole manual as one 317 page document (4.0 MB), in black and white for printing.

 

Chapter 1: Introduction

[Download] the Introduction to the Cities Climate Protection Manual (257 KB .pdf)

Chapter 2: Why Act Now

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[Download] Chapter 2, Section 1: Drivers of Change (589 KB .pdf)
[Download] Chapter 2, Section 2: The Business Case for Protecting the Climate (555 KB .pdf)
[Download] Chapter 2, Section 3: Risk Mitigation (339 KB .pdf)

Chapter 3: Conduct a Baseline Inventory

[Download] Conduct a Baseline Inventory (698 KB .pdf)

Chapter 4: Set an Emissions Reduction Goal

[Download] Set an Emissions Reduction Goal (508 KB .pdf)

Chapter 5: Local Action Plan

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Stakeholder Engagement
     [Download] Chapter 5, Stakeholder Engagement (340 KB .pdf)
Best Bets
Municipal Operations —————–
     [Download] Chapter 5, Best Bets: Buildings (462 KB .pdf)
     [Download] Chapter 5, Best Bets: Infrastructure (556 KB .pdf)
     [Download] Chapter 5, Best Bets: Municipal Transportation (377 KB .pdf)
     [Download] Chapter 5, Best Bets: Waste Reduction & Recycling (268 KB .pdf)
     [Download] Chapter 5, Best Bets: City Purchasing (301 KB .pdf)
     [Download] Chapter 5, Best Bets: Utilities (311 KB .pdf)
Municipal Interface with Residents and Businesses —————–
     [Download] Chapter 5, Best Bets: Businesses (340 KB .pdf)
     [Download] Chapter 5, Best Bets: Residential Homes (356 KB .pdf)
     [Download] Chapter 5, Best Bets: Residential Transportation (423 KB .pdf)
Long Term Initiatives
     [Download] Chapter 5, Long Term Initiatives: Urban Planning (306 KB .pdf)
     [Download] Chapter 5, Long Term Initiatives: Agriculture (266 KB .pdf)
     [Download] Chapter 5, Long Term Initiatives: Transition to Alternative Fuels (362 KB .pdf)
     [Download] Chapter 5, Long Term Initiatives: Sustainable Energy (396 KB .pdf)
     [Download] Chapter 5, Long Term Initiatives: Education (285 KB .pdf)
     [Download] Chapter 5, Long Term Initiatives: Waste Management (434 KB .pdf)
Reducing Impact of Continued Emissions
     [Download] Chapter 5, Reducing the Impact of Continued Emissions (412 KB .pdf)
Adapting to Climate Change
     [Download] Chapter 5, Adapting to Climate Change (307 KB .pdf)

Chapter 6: Measure and Verify Results

[Download] Chapter 6, Monitor and Report Performance (329 KB .pdf)

Chapter 7: Additional Resources

[Download] Chapter 7, Additional Resources (272 .pdf)