A Success Story
The California legislature passed Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act, in 2006. As a result, local cities and counties must seek to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions consistent with statewide goals. Yet, local jurisdictions face a difficult challenge to reduce emissions while population and economic activity are growing in the region. To proactively address this need, the San Bernardino Council of Governments, in partnership with 21 cities, developed the San Bernardino County Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan and Environmental Impact Report. The Reduction Plan creates a framework for comprehensive and consistent assessment of GHG emission sources. It also provides for a strategic evaluation of reduction measures, their effectiveness, costs and savings, and community benefits, like improved air quality. In addition, the Reduction Plan gives cities a tool to inventory their GHG emissions and summarizes the reduction actions that each city has selected in order to reduce them.