Report details 'bottom-up' climate strategies for cities, states

  • America’s Pledge, an initiative co-founded by California Gov. Jerry Brown and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has released a report detailing “bottom-up” strategies for states, cities and businesses to take meaningful action on climate change. It’s a preview of a larger analysis of the effects of each strategy, set to be released in September at the Global Climate Action Summit.
  • The report notes cities exercise "greater control over such economic factors as the sources and prices of electricity, modes of transportation, and climate resilience," making them key players in climate goals.
  • The analysis covers 10 opportunities for action:
    1. Expanding renewable energy
    2. Accelerating retirement of coal power
    3. Retrofitting buildings for energy efficiency
    4. Electrifying buildings’ energy use
    5. Accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles
    6. Phasing out the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)
    7. Preventing methane leaks from gas wells
    8. Reducing methane leaks in cities
    9. Increasing carbon sequestration on land
    10. Establishing state and regional carbon markets