Measuring Emissions and Creating a Greenhouse Gas Inventory
Climate change is a global problem, but its impacts will be felt, and its solutions will be found, at the local level. In the absence of strong federal direction, cities are seizing the initiative and setting their own climate goals. Not only will this approach give cities a leadership role in emissions reductions, but a thoughtful climate mitigation plan will produce substantial, ancillary benefits. Many cities that have implemented climate strategies are finding that these projects also save money, reduce air pollution, improve public health and boost a city’s reputation for livability. For example, access to public transportation or bicycle/pedestrian trails reduces pollution, improves health and raises property values; energy efficiency projects slash electricity bills and ease municipal budgets.