AMBAG recognizes that while large metropolitan cities have been working on climate change mitigation projects for years, many of California’s smaller jurisdictions are in much earlier stages of grappling with greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Many of these cities and counties lack the necessary staff and funds to devote to greenhouse gas reduction projects, and as a result, the vast majority of AMBAG’s 21 member jurisdictions had not quantified their baseline GHG emissions as of 2009.
Recognizing the need for more support with local climate change efforts, AMBAG worked with each jurisdiction to achieve the following results:
- Completion of the following inventories in 100% of AMBAG jurisdictions at NO COST to the municipal governments:
- Local Government Operations 2005 Baseline GHG Inventories
- Community-wide 2005 Baseline;
- Community-wide 2009 GHG Inventories;
- Community-wide 2010 GHG Inventories; and
- Community-wide 2015 GHG Inventories;
- Standardized (“apples-to-apples”) greenhouse gas inventories for regional comparability;
- Periodic updates to Community-wide GHG Inventories for all 21 of AMBAG’s member jurisdictions;
- Ongoing GHG Inventory technical support and capacity-building for jurisdictional staff;
- Community engagement on the topic of climate change mitigation
Currently, the AMBAG sustainability program is working with the AMBAG jurisdictions to complete Community-wide 2018 GHG Inventories.