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By Carl Webb | Renter in Austin, TX

City Carbon Index shows a city’s status on greenhouse gas emissions

The folks at Global Green USA have come up with an easy way to tell how a city is doing on its carbon emissions: give it a grade.

That's the idea behind Global Green's City Carbon Index, an online tool unveiled late last month. It aims to measure a city's emissions and helps to set benchmarks for improvement, as well as to inspire grassroots action.

The organization's president and CEO, Matt Petersen, explained the urban focus in a statement:

"More than 70% of CO2 emissions come from cities.... Cities offer an important opportunity for individuals and communities to create and support innovative solutions to global warming that also create green jobs, improve air quality and provide model solutions to reduce carbon emissions."

The first city to get a City Carbon Index rating is Los Angeles. And clearly LA needs to do its homework better. It got a C- for its actions to reduce its carbon emissions, which are estimated at 52 million metric tons per year. Transportation is responsible for 24.8 million tons of that, and one of the first actions the site calls for is support of the city's ambitious new bicycle plan.

It'll be interesting to compare cities once more are added to the project. We'll keep you posted.



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Global Green’s City Carbon Index shows a city’s current status on greenhouse gas emissions and policies so residents can quickly become empowered to take action. Cities are responsible for 70% of global CO2 emissions, and Los Angeles is the pilot city for the Index because as a global center of media and culture, the City has the power to change its own course and influence how other cities act. With inaction, Angelenos face an increased threat of wildfires, water shortages, extended heat waves, and severe winter storms. Los Angeles’ current emissions and actions shows there is significant room for progress on implementing effective policies.

The Index is designed to help Los Angeles residents, Climate Citizens, get involved. So make a personal commitment, submit an action idea, and help us refine the Index. TAKE ACTION NOW!

At Global Green, we recognize that climate change is often framed as a global problem with solutions at the global scale. While a massive shift in the way our global society relates to, and interacts with, the natural environment is necessary, thinking about climate change as a far-away, global-scale problem may not be the best way to inspire meaningful action.

With that idea in mind, we created the City Carbon Index, a tool designed to communicate climate change as a local issue and answer the following three questions:

  • “What is the carbon footprint of my city?”
  • “Is my city doing enough to address greenhouse gas emissions?”
  • “What can I do about it?”

The Index presents both a number value for the current estimated annual Carbon emissions (in millions of metric tons of carbon dioxide [CO2]) of the City and a letter grade that reports on how well the City is doing from the perspective of adopting and implementing policies related to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


At Global Green, we recognize that climate change is often framed as a global problem with solutions at the global scale. While a massive shift in the way our global society relates to, and interacts with, the natural environment is necessary, thinking about climate change as a far-away, global-scale problem may not be the best way to inspire meaningful action.

With that idea in mind, we created the City Carbon Index, a tool designed to communicate climate change as a local issue and answer the following three questions:

  • “What is the carbon footprint of my city?”
  • “Is my city doing enough to address greenhouse gas emissions?”
  • “What can I do about it?”

The Index presents both a number value for the current estimated annual Carbon emissions (in millions of metric tons of carbon dioxide [CO2]) of the City and a letter grade that reports on how well the City is doing from the perspective of adopting and implementing policies related to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

http://citycarbonindex.org

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