Local Government Toolkit


  City of Berkeley

California’s Climate Change Scoping Plan encourages local governments to adopt a goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 15 percent below today’s levels by 2020.  The purpose of the "Local Government Toolkit" is to provide a "one-stop-shop" of guidance and resources to assist local governments to reduce GHG emissions and save money.

The Local Government Toolkit includes information on:


Cost-saving Action Areas to Reduce GHG Emissions

Action areas include detailed information and links to appropriate websites to facilitate implementation of actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions including energy efficiency and conservation; renewable energy; green transportation; green building; waste reduction and recycling; water conservation, recycling and reuse; environmentally preferable purchasing; and promoting individual action.

California Case Studies

Highlight California local governments that have successfully and profitably reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Financial Incentive Programs

California utilities, Flex your Power, the Department of Energy and many other organizations offer many incentives – such as rebates, grants, and loans – to implement climate-friendly action.  These resources will be compiled on CoolCalifornia.org.

A Climate Calculator

The Local Government Toolkit will provide guidance on developing a climate action plan and identify climate calculators that local governments can use to track GHG emission reductions over time.

Decision Support Tools

ARB staff is negotiating a partnership with Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) on the Climate and Air Pollution Planning Assistant (CAPPA) to assist local government leaders in developing customized plans for reducing climate and local air pollution. The decision support tool would be available in web interface and downloadable Excel edition from CoolCalifornia.org.

An Award Program

ARB is partnering with Institute for Local Government ILG/CCAN to develop an award program to recognize local governments that achieve quantifiable greenhouse gas reductions and those that make efforts to promote greenhouse gas emissions reductions. 

A Peer-Networking Online Discussion Forum

ARB is developing local government-friendly peer-networking opportunities on CoolCalifornia.org; examples include blogging, videoblogging, and connections to social-networking sites.

Check out the online home of the Toolkits at CoolCalifornia.org

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