Climate Solutions: Climate Action Planning
C2ES works with cities, states and businesses to enable concrete local action that can help mobilize a nationwide shift to a low-carbon economy.
Cities are leaders and innovators in climate action, with a wealth of data that can be put to use and unique relationships with the businesses that call them home. States are charting their own course toward a low-carbon economy, with policies that can be incubators for larger action. Their approaches affect public health, economic development, and local climate action.
Across the country, a growing number of cities and states are engaging in climate action planning. Here is how C2ES is working to support these efforts.
Alliance for a Sustainable Future:
A partnership of C2ES and The U.S. Conference of Mayors
Cities and companies can play a key role in greenhouse gas mitigation by improving energy efficiency, deploying clean energy, and reducing the environmental impacts of transportation. They also can learn from one another when planning for the increasing impacts of climate change.
The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions has partnered with The U.S. Conference of Mayors to launch the Alliance for a Sustainable Future to spur public-private cooperation on climate action and sustainable development in cities. The alliance will create a framework for mayors and business leaders to develop concrete approaches to reduce carbon emissions, speed deployment of new technology, and implement sustainable development strategies as a part of implementing the Clean Power Plan and responding to the growing impacts of climate change.
Envision Charlotte is a nonprofit effort that brings together the city and the private sector to strengthen economic competitiveness and environmental sustainability in Charlotte. The project extends from July 2015 – July 2018. Collectively, project partners aim to achieve the following goals:
- Realize a 20% aggregate energy savings across more than 200 buildings in the Greater Charlotte region.
- Utilize smart city initiatives to create scalable, replicable models for the reduction of energy, water, and waste across a wide spectrum of unreached or under-reached markets.
- Develop and implement a comprehensive behavioral change component to ensure sustainability improvements persist beyond the period of the project.
C2ES’s role in Envision Charlotte is developing and launching a community-wide ECO Network program. The ECO Network promotes energy and water conservation, waste reduction, and improved air quality in the Charlotte community through community challenges, educational opportunities, and events.
C2ES is working with the state of Maryland, conducting research to support the Maryland Climate Change Commission. The commission is charged with advising the governor and General Assembly on ways to mitigate the causes of, prepare for, and adapt to the consequences of climate change, and maintaining and strengthening the state’s existing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan.
The research, in progress since 2015, includes studying impacts of climate change in Maryland, as well as examining the costs of inaction and economic risks to the state. In the American Climate Prospectus, C2ES examined the potential costs of climate impacts in Maryland, including: increases in heat-related mortality, increases in the amount of coastal property exposed to flooding, declines in labor productivity, increases in energy expenditures, and declines in agricultural output. The commission cited the C2ES research in its final report.
C2ES is currently working to engage small- and medium-sized businesses throughout Maryland on the issue of climate resilience. Lessons learned through this work will help inform local climate resilience planning and efforts at the state level.