The California Sustainability Alliance has developed several toolkits and other resources that aid local governments in planning and implementing sustainable initiatives. These tools help local governments advance sustainability within their jurisdictions, which provides them with the opportunity to lead by example, positively influence their communities, and leverage local authority. These toolkits include:
The California Sustainability Alliance’s Local Government Retrocommissioning (RCx) Toolkit was created to help local government staff develop and implement a municipal facility retrocommissioning program. The RCx Toolkit is designed to be flexible enough to be a complementary resource for an energy manager in a large local government or to be the sole RCx Program management tool for facility and public works staff in smaller jurisdictions. The RCx Toolkit complements existing portfolio management tools and utility management systems, helping the user take the “next step” once a decision has been made to incorporate retrocommissioning into municipal facility standard operating procedures.
The Green Tenant Guide is designed to guide local governments through the process of greening their operations and staff behaviors. Intended to be an ongoing reference, the Green Tenant Guide aims to walk agencies through planning and implementing their sustainability program. Readers will learn how to work with organization leadership, property managers, and staff to set clear and feasible goals, establish buy-in and excitement among employees, define metrics, and measure and communicate results.
The Toolkit and Guide assist local governments in adopting environmentally friendly procurement plans. The toolkit incorporates case studies of eight leading local governments in California and Washington and outlines steps for greening procurement policies. In addition, it includes draft policy language, sample green bid specifications, best practices from local, state and federal governments across the country, information on eco‐labeling and links to public and private eco‐labeling programs.
The LGOP helps cities and counties measure their carbon footprint by developing a greenhouse gas inventory. It has been adopted by the California Air Resources Board and is supported by the California Climate Action Registry and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. 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 in September 2008.
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 the planning process, and discusses approaches a municipality can take to develop effective and holistic policies. This toolkit also recommends a decision-making framework and illustrative measures that planners can adapt to their own general plans, and includes references to existing green general plans in California.
The Local Government Resources Toolkit helps cities and counties identify and locate tools and funding sources to help their communities set and meet sustainability goals. These resources consist of informational reports, calculators, and funding opportunities available from state and federal departments. The tools cover topics such as community development, transportation, greenhouse gasses, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water efficiency and sustainability.
The California Local Energy Efficiency Program (CALeep) is designed to help local governments plan and implement highly effective energy efficiency initiatives within their communities. In order to create this energy efficiency decision-making tool, key representatives from utilities, private sector energy groups, energy service companies, and various levels of government contributed to the development of “best practices” for use by all local governments. These practices stimulate energy-efficiency activities within local government jurisdictions and support greenhouse gas reduction, job creation, water conservation, and green building.