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Introduction to Climate Action Planning
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Introduction to Climate Action Planning

Introduction to Climate Action Planning

67 min
Credit: AICP CMCNU-A

This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.

Climate action planning identifies actions at the community and regional level to address the challenge of climate change. Such actions include greenhouse gas reduction (mitigation) and climate adaptation. This course provides an overview of the purpose, process, and potential of climate action planning. 

In This Course

  1. Michael Boswell introduces the course.
  2. Why Take Action?
    There are a variety of reasons that cities might want to take action on climate change. This chapter will present several angles for approaching communications with elected officials, civic leaders, and citizens, including the important idea of co-benefits.
  3. What Is Climate Action Planning?
    This chapter introduces the basic process and steps for developing climate actions and strategies. The chapter distinguishes between climate mitigation and climate adaptation while also addressing the potential "vehicles" for establishing climate actions, such as climate action plans, comprehensive (general) plans, hazard mitigation plans, and others.
  4. Basic Tools
    This chapter summarizes the available guidance documents, protocols, software tools, and support organizations for conducting a climate action planning process.
  5. Getting Started
    This chapter explains the preliminary considerations and actions for getting started with a climate action planning process. These include budget, timeline, staffing, resources, organization, and political support. The chapter concludes by focusing on how to set goals and targets for the process.
  6. Forming a Team
    This chapter addresses the need to form a climate action team to support the planning process. Teams may be internal to the planning organization (e.g., city or county) and/or external to the planning organization (e.g., citizens, community stakeholders, etc.). The chapter explains who should be included, and why, along with a few other basic considerations.
  7. Engaging the Public
    This chapter includes background on how the public views climate change and the best way to communicate with the public. It also provides recommendations on how to develop and implement a basic public participation strategy.
  8. Keys To Success
    This chapter summarizes nine keys to success, based on the experiences of actual communities.

Published 2016