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Climate Action Team sets California goals for sustainable community emissions

California's Climate Action Team was formed by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2005 to coordinate strategy. The Governor directed the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency to coordinate with the Secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, Secretary of the Department of Food and Agriculture, Secretary of the Resources Agency, Chairperson of the Air Resources Board, Chairperson of the Energy Commission and President of the Public Utilities Commission .

The goal for the Climate Action team is to implement global warming emission reduction programs and report on the progress made toward meeting the statewide greenhouse gas targets that were established in the executive order.

The Executive Order established greenhouse gas targets:

  • By 2010, Reduce to 2000 Emission Levels
  • By 2020, Reduce to 1990 Emission Levels
  • By 2050, Reduce to 80 percent Below 1990 Levels Although there is some uncertainty about exactly how and when the earth's climate will respond to increasing concentrations of climate change emissions, observations--in conjunction with climate models--indicate that detectable changes are underway. These observed changes go beyond a global mean rise in temperature and include changes in regional temperature extremes, precipitation, soil moisture, and sea level. All of these changes could have significant adverse effects on water resources and ecological systems, as well as on human health and the economy. Implementation of precautionary and proactive measures is imperative if climate change emissions are to be reduced and communities are to adapt successfully to the adverse impacts. More than 15,000 comments were filed about the draft report. Some of the responses from nonprofits, government agencies, and associations are included on the website

    Some of the supporting comments came from:

    Los Angeles Community College District -- who states that they have "taken leadership to invest in green buildings, clean, efficient and renewable emergy, and energy efficiency educational programs for our students. the LACCD Board of Trustees adopted two policies in 2001 effectively creating the largest sustainable development program in the world at the time. The first policy directed that the planned 44 new buidings to be bult under the District's local bond initiative be built to LEED standards. The second poicy directed that each of the nine campuses of the district have at least 10% of their energy generated from clean and renewable energy sources..."

    Interesting... here's more from the LA Community College District:

    the District has created for each campus: 1) a new efficient and clean central utility plant, 2) a minimum energy demand profile based on extensive retrofits to achive maxiumum efficiency and energy conservation, and 3) a 1MW solar/photovoltaic sysem to, in essence, take the colleges off the power grid. Hmmm....very interesting!