This toolbox contains 68 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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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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Build community involvement

Community Choice Aggregation / November 02, 2020

Description: Community Choice Aggregation, also known as Community Choice Energy (abbreviated CCA and CCE by various parties), is a local, not-for-profit governmental program that buys and may generate electrical power …

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Start a Community Choice Aggregation program

Community Choice Aggregation / October 31, 2020

Description: Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is a local, not-for-profit governmental program that procures electrical power on behalf of its residents, businesses, and governmental entities. The agency administering the Community Choice …

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Encourage new housing near mass transit

Transportation & Land Use / September 03, 2020

Description: The city of San Diego, CA is scrapping parking mandates for new apartment buildings and condos built near mass transit (specifically, built within a half-mile of a bus rapid transit …

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Electric vehicle readiness policy

Transportation & Land Use / September 03, 2020

Description: The city of San Anselmo, CA amended its general plan to incorporate an “Electric Vehicle (EV) Readiness Policy.” The policy is comprised of three parts: 1) Increase charger stations …

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Implement comprehensive plan

Equity, Transportation & Land Use / September 03, 2020

Description: Minneapolis 2040, the city’s comprehensive plan, addresses issues associated with housing, racial equity and climate change. The plan eliminates single-family zoning and instead allows residential structures with up to …

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Regional air districts adopt Climate Action Plans

Air Pollution Agencies / September 02, 2020

Description: In 2013 the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) adopted a regional climate action plan. In 2017 the plan became the basis for BAAQMD including a climate program …

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Increase number of EVs

Community Education & Action, Transportation & Land Use / August 24, 2020

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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Commercial building electrification

Buildings, Energy / August 23, 2020

Description: In San Francisco, CA, 44% of citywide emissions come from buildings (2.2 million metric tonnes CO2e in 2017), and half of those emissions come from the commercial sector. Within …

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Require EV charging

Buildings / August 18, 2020

Description: San Francisco, CA passed legislation in October 2019 requiring roughly 300 existing large public parking structures and lots to provide electric vehicle (EV) charging. Parking lots with more than …

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Sequester carbon in working lands

Natural & Working Lands / August 12, 2020

Description: The Marin Carbon Project is working with farms in Marin County, CA to identify a suite of carbon beneficial practices to create a unique plan for each farm. For …

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Urban tree planting to reduce energy use

Natural & Working Lands / August 09, 2020

Description: In partnership with the Sacramento Tree Foundation, California’s Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) provides free shade trees to residences to help reduce energy use for air conditioning. More than …

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Chicago Region Trees Initiative Master Plan

Natural & Working Lands / August 09, 2020

Description: Chicago Region Trees Initiative views trees as part of the city’s critical infrastructure. It has developed a Master Plan through 2050 to assure that “trees are healthier, more abundant, …

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Upgrade street lights

Energy / August 09, 2020

Description: Cities everywhere are switching their street lamps to LED. In Berkeley, CA before the upgrade, streetlights consumed 32% of the City’s municipal electricity load and accounted for 900 metric …

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Reduce embodied CO2 emissions

Air Pollution Agencies, Buildings, Industry, Materials / August 05, 2020

Description: Of all building materials, Portland cement – one of the primary components of concrete – has a particularly intense impact on the climate. Carbon dioxide emitted from cement production …

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First and last mile transit

Transportation & Land Use / July 31, 2020

Description: Multiple cities are piloting van service as an alternative option to bus and commercial ride services. In West Sacramento, CA, vans provide door-to-door service. For a smaller city the …

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Replace high emission vehicles

Air Pollution Agencies / August 26, 2019

Description: In response to Assembly Bill 617, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) established the Community Air Protection Program. The Program’s mission is to reduce community exposure to pollution based …

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Use demand response

Water / February 22, 2019

Description: Demand Response – Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) in Riverside County, CA has enrolled multiple facilities in a Demand Response (DR) program. Shutting down major electricity-using equipment (e.g., pumps) …

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Pump testing and variable frequency drives

Water / February 22, 2019

Description: Pump Testing – Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) in Riverside County, CA works with Southern California Edison (SCE) to regularly test the performance of its pumps. Testing ensures they …

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