IV. MOBILIZING COMMUNITIES
Begin by learning what sustainability efforts may already be underway in your area. Does your state or community have a climate action plan to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions? (The Pew Center's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets map highlights the states that have established targets and provides details for each.) Is your local environment board working on any climate protection policies, such as a green building ordinance?
If an emissions-reduction program or a "green" policy initiative is already in motion, contact those who are leading the effort to discuss how your League can become involved. If no such program is in the works, consider convening a meeting of possible partners for a community-wide climate change initiative to explore their interest in joining with you to get something going.
Community Action Models
Communities around the country are taking action on climate change in a number of ways.
Local Policies and Programs
Local governments have the power to make GHG emissions reductions happen -- with such tools as building codes, land use and zoning decisions, purchasing policies, infrastructure investments, and incentive programs.
Organizing for Community Action
A number of tried-and-true steps can help ensure the success of a community action initiative.