Local Climate Action Planning (Hardcover)

By Michael R. Boswell, PhD, Adrienne I. Greve, Ms. Tammy L. Seale

Island Press, 9781597269612, 304pp.

Publication Date: November 23, 2011

List Price: 75.00*
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Climate change is a global problem, but the problem begins locally. Cities consume 75% of the world's energy and emit 80% of the world's greenhouse gases. Changing the way we build and operate our cities can have major effects on greenhouse gas emissions. Fortunately, communities across the U.S. are responding to the climate change problem by making plans that assess their contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and specify actions they will take to reduce these emissions.
This is the first book designed to help planners, municipal staff and officials, citizens and others working at local levels to develop Climate Action Plans. CAPs are strategic plans that establish policies and programs for mitigating a community's greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions. They typically focus on transportation, energy use, and solid waste, and often differentiate between community-wide actions and municipal agency actions. CAPs are usually based on GHG emissions inventories, which indentify the sources of emissions from the community and quantify the amounts. Additionally, many CAPs include a section addressing adaptation-how the community will respond to the impacts of climate change on the community, such as increased flooding, extended drought, or sea level rise.
With examples drawn from actual plans, Local Climate Action Planning guides preparers of CAPs through the entire plan development process, identifying the key considerations and choices that must be made in order to assure that a plan is both workable and effective.

About the Author

Michael R. Boswell is Professor of City and Regional Planning at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He teaches and conducts research in the areas of hazard mitigation, environmental policy, and climate action planning. He is also a former Planning Commissioner for the City of San Luis Obispo, California.
Adrienne I. Greve is Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She led studio courses that assisted California communities in preparing climate action plans and continues to develop curricula for integrating climate action planning throughout the planning program.
Tammy L. Seale is Sustainability and Climate Change Services Manager at PMC, a municipal services consulting firm based in California. She has provided planning services to public agencies in California and Florida for fifteen years and has led preparation of numerous climate action plans, greenhouse gas emissions inventories, and sustainability programs.

Praise For Local Climate Action Planning

"Local Climate Action Planning is a smart playbook that will prove invaluable to local governments looking to slash their greenhouse gas emissions as they reap the benefits of saving energy and money. It guides readers through clear strategies and action steps, and distills lessons from the nation's most innovative cities and counties."

— Michael Schmitz, Interim Executive Director, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA

"Boswell et al. provide an approachable and comprehensive guide to the complex process of climate action planning. Local Climate Action Planning should be a first stop for any local government interested in addressing climate change."

— Brendon Slotterback, Sustainability Program Coordinator for Minneapolis, MN

"Boswell, Greve, and Seale have produced the most comprehensive book on the state of the art, science, and practice of local climate action planning, grounded by the best compilation and synthesis to-date of U.S. community experience and their own applied research. This important book issues a call to action because of the critical role communities must play in managing climate change and its consequences."

— John Randolph, author of "Environmental Land Use Planning and Management"