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California Air Resources Board
California's major initiatives for addressing climate change through the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are outlined in Assembly Bill 32 (signed into law 2006), 2005 Executive Order, a 2004 ARB regulation to reduce passenger car GHG emissions, and 2008 sustainable communities legislation. These efforts aim at reducing GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 - a reduction of approximately 30 percent, and then an 80 percent reduction below 1990 levels by 2050. The main strategies for making these reductions are outlined in the Scoping Plan.
More information on what is happening at the state level visit ARB's website.
The Office of Planning and Research
As directed by SB97, the Natural Resources Agency adopted Amendments to the CEQA Guidelines for greenhouse gas emissions on December 30, 2009. On February 16, 2010, the Office of Administrative Law approved the Amendments, and filed them with the Secretary of State for inclusion in the California Code of Regulations. The Amendments became effective on March 18, 2010.
More information on the CEQA Guidelines visit OPR's website.
In April 2012, the APCD Board updated the CEQA Handbook to include GHG thresholds. More >>
The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) Board, at its November 16, 2005 meeting approved APCD staff’s proposal to take actions locally to address climate change. Staff recommendation and proposed actions are outlined in a report entitled Options for Addressing Climate Change in San Luis Obispo County.
Many of the air pollution programs already in place throughout SLO County reduce ozone forming pollutants and toxic emission, but they also have ancillary benefits and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These programs include existing Rules and Regulations, Clean Fuels Programs, CEQA Mitigations Measures, Grants, Transportation Choices Program, Pollution Prevention Activities, and general Public Outreach.
The APCD's Climate Protection Program identifies particular actions that could be implemented to specifically address greenhouse gases (GHG) at the local level. These actions include, but are not limited to:
The SLOAPCD developed a network of government agencies that meet regularly since 2005 to discuss implementation of GHG initiatives at the local level. Through information exchange and collaboration on resources, grant funds, and partnerships with utility companies, the group has developed GHG inventories, climate action plans, and implementation plans.
Climate Action Plans are long-range plans to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from government operations and community activities and prepare for the anticipated effects of climate change. The CAP will also help achieve multiple community goals such as lowering energy costs, reducing air pollution, supporting local economic development, and improving public health and quality of life. The San Luis Obispo County and seven incorporated cities throughout the region have developed CAPs that are currently being implemented.
The Local Government Commission in partnership with the National Center for Conservation Science & Policy (NCCSP), Susanne Moser Researched & Consulting, SLO County APCD and City and County of San Luis Obispo developed a report to address climate adaptation strategies for the region. The report provides a suite of adaptation strategies that were developed by local leaders and experts during a series of workshops in 2009-2010. This document will help local leaders, decision-makers, and governments prepare for the impacts of climate change in a way that provides benefits across multiple sectors and systems. The goal was to develop strategies that cohesively consider economics, health, culture, social needs, infrastructure, ecosystem services, and natural resources. More >>
To help local governments overcome limited capacity to address climate action planning on the local level, the Local Government Commission, in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research are launching CivicSpark – a Governor’s Initiative of Americorps. A core component of CivicSpark is the collaboration with Regional Partners who are already invested in their regional communities. CivicSpark depends on Regional Partners to identify regional needs, aggregate local project work, and identify supporting resources so the program can meet regional climate protection goals.
SLO County APCD has been selected as one of the nine Regional Partners throughout California to implement the CivicSpark Program and assist the local cities/county in CAP implementation. The APCD Board will consider potential collaboration at its September 24, 2014 meeting.
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