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Green General Plan and LGOP Toolkits Released

THE CALIFORNIA SUSTAINABILITY ALLIANCE RELEASES NEW TOOLS FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: THE GREEN GENERAL PLAN TOOLKIT AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS PROTOCOL TOOLKIT

Sacramento, CA – January 12, 2010 -- Local governments in California are increasingly expected to adopt sustainability best practices, yet often lack the resources to navigate the maze of regulatory demands and local priorities. In response, the California Sustainability Alliance (the Alliance) is releasing a series of new toolkits and studies to aid local governments in setting and meeting sustainability goals that reflect their communities’ unique mix of local resources, assets, and challenges.

The Local Government Operations Protocol (LGOP) Toolkit is based on the LGOP adopted by the California Air Resources Board. The LGOP is supported by the California Climate Action Registry and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, and helps cities and counties measure their carbon footprint by developing a greenhouse gas inventory. Greenhouse gas inventories are a baseline assessment for creating a climate change action plan and are used to track and quantify the impact of carbon-reducing modifications that local governments make to their policies and procedures.

The LGOP Toolkit is designed for use by local government staff who are interested in or are currently developing a greenhouse gas assessment for their operations. The toolkit is a step-by-step version of the full LGOP released by the California Air Resource Board.

The Green General Plan Toolkit provides guidelines and sample measures to local government staff interested in developing a sustainable general plan for their communities. It addresses the policy drivers motivating local governments to integrate sustainability into their planning processes, and discusses approaches a municipality can take to develop effective and holistic policies. Beyond providing high-level guidance, this toolkit recommends a decision-making framework and includes illustrative measures that planners can adapt to their own General Plans.

Stay tuned for new resources to come, including a Green General Plan Survey Report, Smart Growth Toolkit, and Local Government Green Procurement Guidelines.

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