We had a very successful symposium on the Green New Deal options for Cities! All the materials, including a recording of the workshop, and a follow-up fact sheet can be found posted here: https://www.cccclimateleaders.org/workshops/green-new-deal-symposium/. Download the fact sheet, for ease of reference, contains a robust list and links to all the various resources to assist you in getting this policy action on your next City’s agenda! Let us know if any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you missed the Driving Climate Policy in Contra Costa County workshop, and interested in engaging in the General Plan process and climate policies, you can watch a recording of the event here. For those interested in the slides, you can download a copy here. We hope you found the workshop useful and understand how critically important it is to engage in climate policies in your city. Go to your city council meeting, write a letter to your elected officials and sign our letter to stay in touch. Action you can do: Watch a recording of the event here. For
A recently released report tracks a city’s progress on policy to address the climate crisis. The report challenges local governments to engage in discussion and identify creative ways to increase their standing on the list. The City of Richmond ranked the highest on a compilation of existing data based on 20 different policy and planning elements. Some of the important elements that put them in the lead include declaring a Climate Emergency, updating their General Plan and divesting from fossil fuels. “The 4CL Report Cards are a reminder for Contra Costa leaders and residents of the hard work we’re collectively
Please join us for our upcoming Transportation Workshop on August 30th. ‘Transportation Workshop: Transforming the transportation sector in your city!’ on Wednesday, August 30th from 8- Noon at the El Cerrito City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito Hosted by the City of El Cerrito Download the draft agenda here.
Local governments know the importance of municipal GHG inventories but what about community GHG inventories? These include GHG emissions produced from businesses which is often the highest within a city. The East Bay Energy Watch hosts a variety of energy saving programs for businesses and local governments to save money and reduce GHG emissions. Check out programs providing free technical assistance, instant rebates, and more here! Be sure to also check out our GHG Fact Sheet to understand the importance of GHG inventories and Climate Action Planning.
The Global Warming Solutions Act or Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32) is a comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse gasses (GHG) that was passed by the state of California in 2006. AB 32 aims to improve the environment while still maintaining a prosperous economy. In response to this bill Contra Costa County Climate Leaders (4CL) partnered with ICLEI and the San Francisco Foundation in 2007 to educate City staff and Council on best practices for benchmarking and tracking GHG emissions. Community-wide Greenhouse Gas Inventories were created for 17 of the 19 cities in Contra Costa. For more information, download the GHG Factsheet here.
Join us on May 11 from 8am – noon in San Pablo for our next workshop! This event focus on the impacts of droughts and floods to local governments and how cities can build resilience to these events. We’ll have speakers from the State of California, water agencies, ABAG and local cities – all sharing ways for cities to develop water resiliency! What: 4CL’s “City Planning in a Changing Water World” When: Wednesday, May 11 Where: Davis Park Senior Center, 1661 Folsom Ave, San Pablo Who: RSVP to email@example.com or 925-631-0597.
‘Cities Racing to Zero Waste’ featured legislative updates, city case studies and more! More than 40 local government leaders were in attendance. You can find the materials now posted here.
If you missed our last workshop or just want a refresher, the materials are posted on our Waste Diversion Workshop page. Check out presentations and helpful resources on how YOUR city can reach zero waste!
On September 23, 4CL received high honors at the 7th Annual Contra Costa Leadership in Sustainability & Green Building Awards Gala. 4CL received the “Leadership in Sustainable Communities” award for its work in sharing best practices with the local government staff of Contra Costa County on progressive climate action planning and GHG reduction strategies.