This toolbox contains 69 actions already taken by cities, counties, and regional governments which can mitigate the deterioration of the Earth’s climate. Feel free to adapt them to your region.

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Prohibiting Natural Gas (methane) Infrastructure in New Buildings

Buildings / January 24, 2023

Description: This adopted ordinance will prohibit installation of natural gas (methane) infrastructure in new buildings in the city of Berkeley, CA. The ordinance relies on police powers granted by the …

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Reduce VMT by Zoning – Urban Agriculture

Transportation & Land Use / November 29, 2022

Description: Urban agriculture refers to the growing and raising of crops and livestock within a municipality’s boundaries for local consumption. Often the food is for the use of the grower …

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Year-Round Community Garden

Community Education & Action, Transportation & Land Use / November 27, 2022

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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Climate Parking Fee

Equity, Transportation & Land Use / September 30, 2022

Description: The Department of Transportation of Portland, Oregon has increased the cost of parking at city parking meters by $0.20 per transaction to both send a signal to the public …

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Restrict fossil fuel infrastructure development – industrial scale facilities

Energy, Industry, Transportation & Land Use / September 28, 2022

Description: Cities across America are passing ordinances that prevent the fossil fuel industry from building or expanding fossil fuel operations within their municipalities through land-use ordinances. These laws predominantly target …

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Restrict fossil fuel infrastructure development – retail facilities

Energy, Industry, Transportation & Land Use / August 12, 2022

Description: In 2019, the City of Petaluma, CA adopted an “Urgency Ordinance” imposing a temporary moratorium on new fueling station uses within the City. The temporary moratorium provided time for …

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Multi-Building Geothermal Heat Pump Systems

Buildings, Energy / June 22, 2022

Description: Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana replaced four aging coal-fired boilers with a campus-wide geothermal heat pump heating and cooling system. Built in two phases from 2009 to 2014, …

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Use the ULEZ to improve air quality and reduce pollution

Equity, Transportation & Land Use / March 17, 2022

Description: In 2003, London made history by becoming the first city after Singapore to introduce congestion pricing for vehicles entering the Congestion Charge Zone in Central London. Following initial implementation …

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Commercial Building Deep Energy Retrofit

Buildings, Energy / March 17, 2022

Description: To reduce carbon emissions from buildings, the City of New York enacted Local Law 97 (LL97) in 2019 as a part of the Climate Mobilization Act. This leading-edge law …

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Use General Plans to Reduce Climate Emissions and Fossil Fuel Use

Equity, Natural & Working Lands, Transportation & Land Use / March 17, 2022

Description: City and county Comprehensive Plans, also known as General Plans or Master Plans, are long-range plans that guide decision-making, establish rules and standards for development and improvements, and help …

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Adopt Climate Emergency Resolution

Community Education & Action / March 09, 2022

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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Using Low Risk Opt-in Loans to Decarbonize Buildings Equitably

Buildings, Energy, Equity / March 04, 2022

Description: In 2019, the Common Council of Ithaca, New York approved the Ithaca Green New Deal (IGND), which allowed the city to assign additional staff and resources to create and …

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Power generation from renewable sources

Water / November 12, 2021

Description: The use of digester gas driven fuel cells allows the Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) in Riverside County, CA to run some of its Moreno Valley and Perris Valley …

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Use waste heat

Water / November 12, 2021

Description: Recover/Productively Use Waste Heat – Many water and wastewater treatment facilities, including the Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) in Riverside County, CA, implement heat recovery to reduce overall energy …

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Reduce heat island effect

Parks & Cool Streets / November 11, 2021

Description: Temperatures in urban areas are rising as a result of climate change. In Los Angeles, the Bureau of Street Services conducted a pilot study in 2017 to investigate the …

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Energy use reporting

Buildings, Energy / November 10, 2021

Description: Some cities are requiring building owners to publicly disclose the annual energy and water used in their buildings. New York City Local Law 84 initially required buildings larger than …

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Ensure climate literacy

Community Education & Action / November 09, 2021

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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Create clean energy fund

Buildings, Community Education & Action, Energy, Equity / November 09, 2021

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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Electric vehicle (EV) rebates

Air Pollution Agencies / November 07, 2021

Description: Programs offered by state air pollution agencies and administered by participating electric utilities or community choice energy services can provide incentives and rebates to prospective buyers of Battery Electric …

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Reduce VMT by congestion mitigation tax

Transportation & Land Use / November 07, 2021

Description: A ballot proposal was passed in San Francisco, CA in November 2019 that would place a tax on rideshare companies (also known as Transportation Network Companies) like Uber and …

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