This page last reviewed May 4, 2009

Local Actions for Climate Change

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The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32) outlines a comprehensive, multi-year program to reduce California's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. AB 32 required the California Air Resources Board to identify a list of early action items, including a comprehensive framework of regulatory and non-regulatory elements that will result in significant and effective GHG emission reductions. “Guidance and protocols for businesses and governments to facilitate GHG emission reductions” were approved as early action items by the Board at its June 2007 hearing.

Small Business

Given the importance of small businesses to California’s economy, a Small Business Toolkit  was designed to help business simultaneously reduce GHG emissions as well as their bottom line.  The Toolkit is a “one-stop shop” of guidance and resources that promote cost-effective, voluntary GHG emission reductions.  Toolkit components include specific climate-friendly actions to save money; information about where to find money to get started; California success stories; a business specific carbon footprint calculator; and a small business award program.  Stakeholder input was critical to Toolkit development.  Moving forward, Staff will continue to incorporate stakeholder suggestions and research results to increase the Toolkit’s effectiveness.

Local Government

Cities and counties have unique influence and exclusive authority over significant GHG emission sources.  Local governments can help California meet its AB 32 targets through climate action planning.  A Local Government Toolkit  was designed to provide guidance and resources to help cities and counties reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money.  

A variety of tools are available to assist with climate action planning including information on:
  1. How to calculate and inventory current GHG emissions 
  2. A recommended target to reduce GHG emissions
  3. Cost-saving strategies to take action now
  4. Financial resources to get started 
  5. Case studies to learn what other cities have been able to accomplish  

Phase II of the Toolkit will include a decision support tool to help local governments develop customized climate action plans, a peer-networking online discussion forum, and a climate leadership recognition program to recognize achievements for measured GHG emission reductions.

Check out the online home of the Toolkits at

For questions or comments, please contact Annalisa Schilla at (916) 322-8514.