Get kits below to create green policies and programs in your community.

 

See staff contact info and how-to's on overall sustainabilityclimate change, economic prosperityenergy, green purchasinghealth, transportation, urban ecosystems, waterand zero waste from our California members or other U.S. cities below. 

 
 
 

Overall Sustainability

Climate Change & Resiliency

Climate change will worsen asthma, the spread of disease carrying insects, and increase heat-related deaths.  For example, 700 people died in Chicago in 1995, partially because dark roofs and pavement absorb sunlight and raise local temperatures.  So join cities in planting trees, turning pavement into grass to cool down temperatures, and trying these ideas:

CARBON FUNDS

  • First U.S. city to use a surcharge on staff airfare to fund local green projects (Carbon Fund), 2009, San Francisco, CA

CLIMATE ACTION PLANS

  • Exceeding CA standards for reducing harmful emissions (Climate Action Plan), 1996, Chula Vista, CA
  • First CA city plan to address climate change after CA Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (General Plan), 2008, San Diego, CA

Economic Prosperity

GREEN JOBS

Investing

Energy

The largest source of pollution from greenhouse gas emissions from human activities in the U.S. is from burning fossil fuels for electricity.  So consider trying solutions below.

COMMUNITY CHOICE AGGREGATION (CCA)

  • Helping policymakers create policies so residents and businesses can choose clean electricity (LEAN Energy US)
  • First CA county where residents and businesses can choose clean electricity (Marin Clean Energy Program), 2010, Marin County, CA

ENERGY & WATER EFFICIENCY

Buildings consume 41% of all U.S. energy to heat, cool and keep lights and appliances on.  And 91% of it is dirty energy.  With programs and policies below, you can improve how hot or cold you feel by managing heating and cooling systems efficiently.  And if you improve lighting design, it can result in a 27% reduction in the incidence of headaches, which costs about $70 per employee annually in health insurance. 

Clean energy

Green Purchasing

Buying green products and services can protect human rights, our health and environment.

Health

One in three of us will get cancer.  But you can try to prevent that with tips, programs and policies below.

HEALTHY FOOD SYSTEMS

Fruits and vegetables in your supermarket are often harvested too early because they are grown hundreds of miles away.   You might get tastiermore nutritious produce if it's local, in-season and ripened on the vine.

TOXICS REDUCTION

Transportation

You pay about $9,000 a year to own a car.  Vehicles using fossil fuels like gas and diesel cause air pollution which causes three million premature deaths a year, asthma, heart attacks and premature births.  So try these ideas instead:

BIKING & WALKING

ELECTRIC VEHICLE (EV) INFRASTRUCTURE

PUBLIC TRANSIT

When you take public transit, you can benefit from an average of 19 minutes of exercise a day walking or biking to and from your transit stops. 

Urban Ecosystems

biodiversity

Protecting endangered animals or plants, and food crops can reduce disease in all living things including people. Losing biodiversity of species can result in a loss of jobs, food, medicines and industries that support life

GREEN BUILDINGs

You can benefit from being in a green building because it can improve your: access to views which improves your productivity by up to 23%, indoor air quality which reduced communicable respiratory diseases by 9-20% and allergies and asthma by 18-25%, and commute because it gets credits if it's close to public transit and restaurants.

PARKS

Water

DROUGHT RESPONSE

SOURCE WATER PROTECTION

WASTEWATER REDUCTION

Zero Waste

cigarettes

Animals accidentally eat cigarette butts which can give them seizures.  You can change that with this policy:

COMPOST & RECYCLING

If you put compostables (food, plants, paper foodware, plastics labelled “compostable" not “biodegradable") in the landfill, you create polluting greenhouse gasses.  So join cities below in preventing that:

PAPER

Cutting trees to make products like paper takes away homes from wildlife, and causes landslides and flooding.  You can address that with these policies:

PLASTIC BAGS

Cats,  turtles, and other animals accidentally eat plastic bags and choke, or their stomach gets lined with bags so they cannot eat, or they get poisoned by plastic.  You can prevent that with these policies:

POLYSTYRENE FOAM

Styrene in foam foodware can leach into food and can cause cancer in humans. And polystyrene foam breaks into smaller, non-biodegradable pieces that are eaten by animals, which can harm or kill them.  But you can prevent that with these bans:

                           WASTE PREVENTION