During Earth Week of 2002, the Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution that
recognizes both the gravity of global warming and the responsibility for local
action. The resolution commits the County to the following activities:
1. Anaylze greenhouse has emission leves. Determine current greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and forecast the growth in emissions that will occur without preventative action.
View Marin County's Baseline Emissions Analysis.
2. Set a reduction target. The target is the specific reduction that Marin aims to acheive by a designated year; e.g. 20 percent GHG reduction by 2020.
3. Develop a local action plan. This plan is a description of policies, programs, and measures that Marin will implement in order to meet its target.
View Marin County's Local Action Plan.
4. Implement the local action plan. Follow through on the proposed actions.
5. Monitor the progress and report results. Determine the sucess of the plan.
As a result of analyzing emissions from internal government operations as well
as from the County as a whole, an interim target has been made to voluntarily
reduce greenhouse gas emissions 15% - 20% by 2015.
The County is a partner in the Cities
for Climate Protection Campaign, which is a program administered by the
Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). To date, 500 local
governments worldwide participate in the Campaign, including over 140 cities
and counties in the United States (27 of which are located in California). ICLEI
and the CCP network of local governments provide a wealth of resources for participating
cities and counties to use as they move through the Milestone Process.
Measures that have already been implemented in Marin
to reduce emissions
Internal: The County has taken many steps to reduce energy and water
use and waste generation, where possible. Actions such as purchasing hybrids,
retrofitting facilities for energy efficiency, lighting retrofits, providing
commuter alternatives for employees and switching incandescent traffic signals
to light emitting diodes (LEDs) have all helped the County reduce internal operation
emissions by at least 4% over baseline levels.
Countywide: Recycling programs (71% diversion rate, highest in the state),
energy rebate programs (32 rebates where given to unincorporated Marin residents
that purchased PV systems, in addition to the state CEC rebate), the Green Business
Program, renewable energy purchases and alternative fuel vehicles have all contributed
to reducing overall greenhouse gas emissions.
More on Climate Change
Mounting scientific and economic information suggests that global climate change
is a result of escalating greenhouse gas emissions and that immediate action
to reduce these emissions should be taken to reduce its negative environmental,
social and economic impacts.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an international scientific
body assembled by the United Nations Environment Program and the World Meteorological
Organization, determined that "the balance of evidence suggests a discernible
human influence on global climate."
In 1997, twenty-five hundred United States economists, including eight Nobel
laureates, published a statement stating that economic research supports the
- Global climate change carries with it significant environmental, economic,
social, and geopolitical risks.
- Preventive steps are economically justified.
- There are many potential policies to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions for
which the total benefits outweigh the total costs.
- For the United States in particular, there are policy options that would
slow climate change without harming American living standards.
- These measures may in fact improve U.S. productivity in the longer run.
Climate Change Links