Community Education & Action

Sufficient progress on mitigating climate change will not be achieved without engaging all segments of the community to understand the trade-offs and difficult decisions that will be required. Individuals can engage in a variety of ways:

Non-governmental organizations:

  • Joining/supporting groups which have developed positions and expertise on mitigating actions

Local governments:

  • Public events: sharing information at fairs, farmers markets, special events (e.g., Electric Vehicle Day)
  • Forums: providing feedback at workshops (e.g., on a low carbon transportation plan)
  • Online: visiting websites to participate in surveys, study climate action plans, review ordinances
  • Governance: attending regular meetings of a city council, board of supervisors, advisory board, specialized committees (e.g., electrification, transportation)

Individual action, when coordinated with other community members, can strengthen a sense of shared responsibility and mobilize the action of others to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at individual, household, and community levels.

Fossil Fuel Divestment

Description: Students, retirees, faith-based organizations, and others are acting to stop or withdraw investment in the fossil fuel industry. Activists around the country are calling for similar actions by pension […]

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Description: Students, retirees, faith-based organizations, and others are acting to stop or withdraw investment in the fossil fuel industry. Activists around the country are calling for similar actions by pension

Year-Round Community Garden

Description:  The Skidmore College Student Garden is an extension of the College’s Food System Initiative where food grown in the student garden is provided to the college’s dining hall thereby

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Description:  The Skidmore College Student Garden is an extension of the College’s Food System Initiative where food grown in the student garden is provided to the college’s dining hall thereby

Adopt Climate Emergency Resolution

Description: Cities, counties, and states in the U.S., and communities around the world, are formally adopting resolutions acknowledging that human activities have warmed the Earth to a point that threatens

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Description: Cities, counties, and states in the U.S., and communities around the world, are formally adopting resolutions acknowledging that human activities have warmed the Earth to a point that threatens

Create clean energy fund

Description: The Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF), also known as the Portland Clean Energy Initiative, was a measure that appeared on the Portland (Oregon) municipal ballot on November 6, 2018.

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Description: The Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF), also known as the Portland Clean Energy Initiative, was a measure that appeared on the Portland (Oregon) municipal ballot on November 6, 2018.

Ensure climate literacy

Description: A Climate Literacy Committee was formed within the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club in 2016 to ensure that high school students graduate climate literate. This Committee

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Description: A Climate Literacy Committee was formed within the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club in 2016 to ensure that high school students graduate climate literate. This Committee

Cool Block program

Description: The Cool Block program (previously piloted in the California cities of Los Angeles, Palo Alto, and San Francisco) engages teams of neighbors living on a block (or in an

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Description: The Cool Block program (previously piloted in the California cities of Los Angeles, Palo Alto, and San Francisco) engages teams of neighbors living on a block (or in an

Hire sustainability coordinator

Description: Novato (Marin County, CA) is an example of a small municipality, which can find it difficult to implement its climate action plan without dedicated internal resources and knowledgeable staff.

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Description: Novato (Marin County, CA) is an example of a small municipality, which can find it difficult to implement its climate action plan without dedicated internal resources and knowledgeable staff.

Transition Streets

Description: As described on their website, “Transition US is a nonprofit organization that provides inspiration, encouragement, support, networking, and training for Transition Initiatives across the United States. It’s a vibrant,

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Description: As described on their website, “Transition US is a nonprofit organization that provides inspiration, encouragement, support, networking, and training for Transition Initiatives across the United States. It’s a vibrant,

Increase number of EVs

Description: Cool the Earth is a grassroots, non-profit organization that believes personal action is essential to reducing carbon emissions. One way Cool the Earth is working to reduce carbon emissions

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Description: Cool the Earth is a grassroots, non-profit organization that believes personal action is essential to reducing carbon emissions. One way Cool the Earth is working to reduce carbon emissions

Community campaign to reduce GHG emissions

Description: Drawdown Marin (Marin County, CA) is a comprehensive, science-based, community-wide campaign to reduce GHG emissions by personal and community actions. The County, with support and input from the entire

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Description: Drawdown Marin (Marin County, CA) is a comprehensive, science-based, community-wide campaign to reduce GHG emissions by personal and community actions. The County, with support and input from the entire

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