This toolbox contains 66 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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Increased access to ZEVs

Equity, Transportation & Land Use / November 05, 2021

Description: The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund awarded funding to the Sacramento Air Quality Management District to start the CarShare program in the Greater Sacramento, CA area. It has provided free …

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Implement neighborhood leadership panel

Equity / November 04, 2021

Description: In July of 2020, the city of Oakland, CA approved its 2030 Equitable Climate Action Plan (ECAP), the City’s new 10-year plan for mitigating and adapting to the climate …

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Use low-GHG cement

Industry, Materials / November 03, 2021

Description: The climate action plan for King County, WA includes greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as a criterion in purchasing decisions. King County implemented a tracking mechanism for concrete and cement …

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Increase local renewable energy

Energy / November 03, 2021

Description: The city of San Diego, CA was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to participate in a collaborative effort to explore new ways …

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Cool Block program

Community Education & Action / November 02, 2021

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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Hire sustainability coordinator

Community Education & Action / November 01, 2021

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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Promote lowest feasible carbon emissions

Community Choice Aggregation, Energy / October 31, 2021

Description: Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs serve their customers by providing different power products offering varying percentages of clean power, up to 100% renewable. Examples of CCAs leading on decarbonization …

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Reverse high exit fees

Community Choice Aggregation / October 31, 2021

Description: State level utility commissions in states allowing Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) may impose fees on CCAs intended to prevent rate increases for accounts that remain with investor owned utilities …

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California reach code requiring solar and living roofs

Buildings / October 30, 2021

Description: Effective January 1st, 2017, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to mandate solar and living roofs on most new construction. With the passage of this amendment to California’s …

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California reach code for cool roofs and solar PV

Buildings / October 30, 2021

Description: Brisbane, CA adopted a local amendment to California’s 2016 Title 24 Building Efficiency Standards. The amendment requires installing cool roofs (reflective roofing that reduces sunlight absorbed by buildings) and solar …

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California reach code for efficient outdoor lighting

Buildings / October 29, 2021

Description: Chula Vista reduced the maximum outdoor lighting power allowances (LPA) from the maximum allowed wattages in the 2016 Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards for nonresidential building occupancies by 32-81 …

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California reach code (initially a zoning code) for solar PV

Buildings, Transportation & Land Use / October 29, 2021

Description: In 2013, Lancaster, CA became the first city in the U.S. to require housing developers to install solar photovoltaics (PV) with every new home they build. This was accomplished …

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California reach codes for improved building energy efficiency

Buildings / October 27, 2021

Description: Marin County requires increased building energy efficiency for all new single- and two-family homes and new multifamily low- and high-rise residential buildings. The ordinance identifies options including increased energy …

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Sequester carbon in natural lands

Natural & Working Lands / January 19, 2021

Description: Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has established a 1,132-acre Nature Preserve on its Rancho Seco property in southeastern Sacramento County, CA. The preserve provides long-term protection of the wetlands …

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California reach codes for electrification

Buildings / January 19, 2021

Description: The Community Choice Aggregation programs (CCAs) of Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE), Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) and the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability (OOS) are joining together to …

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California reach codes

Buildings / January 19, 2021

Description: The California Energy Commission (CEC) has established a process which allows local adoption of energy efficiency standards that are more stringent than the statewide requirements. These more stringent standards, …

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Protected bike lanes

Transportation & Land Use / January 15, 2021

Description: To reduce the number of bike crashes and increase bicycle ridership, San Francisco, CA has created protected curbside bike lanes on several busy and otherwise hazardous streets. The projects …

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Reduce VMT by zoning – ADUs

Transportation & Land Use / January 14, 2021

Description: An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a separate dwelling unit that contains independent kitchen, sleeping and bathroom facilities, and is located on a residential zoned lot, subordinate to main …

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Fossil fuel peaker plant replacement

Community Choice Aggregation, Energy, Equity / January 11, 2021

Description: Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) initiated the Oakland Clean Energy Initiative to replace a 40-year-old fossil fuel power plant located in Oakland, CA with local clean energy and battery …

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Transition Streets

Community Education & Action / January 10, 2021

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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