Climate Change Action Plans
Climate Change Outreach and Communications Guide: January 2009. This 39 page document from ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability is a tool to help local governments effectively communicate climate information to their constituencies. The guide contains an array of steps and methodologies for communication and outreach efforts as well as a compilation of best practices from around the U.S.
The Psychology of Climate Change Communication: October 2009. Columbia University's Center for Research on Environmental Decisions developed this primer to aid a variety of practitioners on how to communicate climate change.
Climate Change 2007: Mitigation of Climate Change: This document is part of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The IPCC is a scientific intergovernmental body set up by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to provide the decision-makers with an objective source of information about climate change. Topics covered include mitigation of climate change across all sectors of society.
Carbon Mitigation Initiative: The Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI) is a joint project of Princeton University, BP and the Ford Motor Company to find solutions to the greenhouse and global warming problem. Their researchers are developing strategies to reduce global carbon dioxide emissions.
Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change: May 2010, 258 pgs. The book is from the National Research Council. The report concludes that there is an urgent need for U.S. action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In response to this need for action, the core strategies for U.S. policy makers are recommended. Briefing document only.
Shrinking of the Carbon Footprint of Metropolitan America: May 2008. This 16 page report was written by the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings. This report quantifies transportation and residential carbon emissions for the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas, finding that metro area residents have smaller carbon footprints than the average American.
Florida Energy and Climate Change Action Plan - Phase Two: October 2008. 50 separate policy recommendations to address climate change in Florida. Cost benefit analysis of recommended policies are included.
CoolTrends:10 things cities are doing now to reduce greenhouse gases: 2008. This 27 page document was produced by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals. Ten strategies to reduce greenhouse gases are described which municipalities can easily retrofit into an existing community. Those strategies described are the ones that seemed to be the most widely applicable while yielding significant carbon savings focused on energy, transportation and waste as major sources of greenhouse gases.
Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency: DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. The searchable database describes and provides links to financial incentives including federal, state and local rebate and incentive programs; relevant rules, regulations and policies and related programs.
58 Ways for the Residents of Lake Worth (FL) to Implement Energy Conservation, Reduce Global Warming and Save Money (PDF): February 2008. 4 page document describing 58 ways residents can take action to mitigate climate change.
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