SACRAMENTO - Today the California Air Resources Board approved a toolkit to help local governments reduce costs and aid in meeting the state's ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals.
The toolkit, found at www.CoolCalifornia.org, provides details on how cities and counties can implement climate friendly actions, success stories, climate action planning tips and a list of available financial resources.
"Local governments are uniquely equipped to cut climate change emissions," said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. "Their broad authority to control local activities that contribute emissions make them essential partners in reaching the state's climate change goals."
The toolkit gives guidance to local governments so they can take action to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Suggested actions include:
Through the toolkit, local governments can learn from case studies and how to successfully implement opportunities such as more walkable communities, purchasing power from renewable sources and instituting energy retrofits for city- and county-owned buildings.
In the next year, ARB staff will work with local governments to test-drive the toolkit and develop additional guidance.
A small business toolkit was approved by the Board in April.
AB 32 was signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger in September 2006 and calls on California to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. California is the first state in the nation to formally approve a comprehensive greenhouse gas reduction plan that is required under statute and that involves every sector of the economy.
The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.