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Climate Change Resources


California Takes Leadership

  • CA Climate Change Portal (
    Background information and new releases from the Governor on Climate Change & Greenhouse Gas emissions in addition to resources and Climate Change proceedings from members of the governor’s Climate Action Team.
  • AB 32 Text -
    The bill that required the state board to adopt a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit equivalent to the statewide greenhouse gas emissions levels in 1990 to be achieved by 2020.
  • Executive Orders -
    The Executive Order establishing the world's first Low Carbon Standard for transportation fuels signed by Governor Schwarzenegger.
  • CARB Portal- Scoping Plan Series :
    The Scoping Plan contains the main strategies California will use to reduce the greenhouse gases (GHG) that cause climate change. The Plan, when it is completed, will have a range of GHG reduction actions, which can include direct regulations, alternative compliance mechanisms, monetary and non-monetary incentives, voluntary actions, and market-based mechanisms such as a cap-and-trade system.
  • California Energy Commission -
    The Energy Commission has an active role in climate change issues including:  AB 32 Implementation, Greenhouse Gases Emission Standards Rulemaking, the 2006 Update to the Greenhouse Gas Inventory, CEC Climate Change Advisory Committee, California Climate Action Registry Rulemaking Proceeding, and Research into Climate Change through the Public Interest Energy Research Program and the California Climate Change Center.
  • 2007 Integrated Energy Policy Report
    The California Energy Commission adopts an Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) every two years and an update every other year.  This web section is for the 2007 Integrated Energy Policy Report, which was adopted by the Energy Commission on December 5, 2007.

Local Resources

  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change :
    Provides decision-makers and others interested in climate change with an objective source of information about climate change. The IPCC’s role is to assess the latest scientific, technical and socio-economic literature produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of the risk of human-induced climate change, its observed and projected impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation.
  • Pew Center -
    The Pew Center on Global Climate Change brings together business leaders, policy makers, scientists, and other experts to bring a new approach to a complex and often controversial issue.
  • Environmental Protection Agency -
    The U.S. EPA’s site offers resources on:  basic information, science, Greenhouse Gas emissions inventories/overview/projections, health and environmental effects, U.S. Climate Policy, climate economics.
  • New test for developers in Maine: climate change -
    An article from the Christian Science Monitor which describes hearings which took place in December, where Maine environmentalists unveiled for state regulators what is being called a first-in-the-nation study of the greenhouse-gas emissions expected from a huge planned development.


  • EDAW-
    A design firm that “welcomes projects that offer complex and creative challenges; that combine a local sense of place with a global respect for sustainability; that deliver valuable, long-term benefits for a wide range of community interests; and that improve the relationship between people and their environment.”
  • Attorney Generals Website -
    The CA Attorney General’s Global Warming site which offers resources including: information on CEQA and NEPA and speeches/testimony from the Attorney General.
  • CAPCOA document -
    The CA Association of Air Pollution Control Officers’ website offers resources including their recent White Paper titled "CEQA and Climate Change."
  • Jones and Stokes white paper :
    Jones & Stokes is a multidisciplinary environmental consulting firm that specializes in the environmental analysis required under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Jones & Stokes Climate Change Focus Group has created an industry whitepaper to demonstrate the framework by which one can incorporate climate change into CEQA/NEPA documents.
  • Governor’s Office of Planning and Research :
    The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research is in the process of developing CEQA guidelines “for the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions or the effects of greenhouse gas emissions.” In the meantime they have released a Technical Advisory on CEQA and Climate Change.

Local Government Resources

  • The Climate Registry :
    The Climate Registry is a collaboration between states, provinces and tribes aimed at developing and managing a common greenhouse gas emissions reporting system with high integrity that is capable of supporting various greenhouse gas emission reporting and reduction policies for its member states and tribes and reporting entities.
  • CA Climate Registry :
    A non-profit public/private partnership that serves as a voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) registry to protect, encourage, and promote early actions to reduce GHG emissions.
  • International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) :
    ICLEI provides information, delivers training, organizes conferences, facilitates networking and city-to-city exchanges, carries out research and pilot projects, and offers technical services and consultancy. ICLEI also provides software and tools to help local governments achieve their sustainable development goals.
  • Climate Policy Toolkit:
    Climate policies, programs and guidance information for local governments working on integrating climate change into their general plans and for developing specific climate action plans.

Local Agencies

  • Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District -
    SMAQMD’s CEQA and Land Use Mitigation page houses resources, which address mitigation, CEQA, air quality assessments, thresholds of significance and modeling/training resources.
  • City of Sacramento Sustainability :
    The City's adopted Strategic Plan calls for the development of a plan for sustainability within three years. In 2005, City Council directed staff to develop a Sustainability Agenda following a format that includes goals, objectives, programs, and tools for measuring the City's progress towards sustainability.