Below are essential resources on California's Global Warming Solutions Act, AB32 Please also see our Podcast Series:
- California Air Resources Board ("ARB") Climate Change Pages - reflecting the principal agency's work implementing regulations in compliance with AB 32: www.arb.ca.gov/cc/cc.htm
- California Climate Change Portal: Information about the activities of the Climate Action Team, made up of the State Agencies required to reduce emissions under S-3-05: www.climatechange.ca.gov
- California Climate Action Registry, a quasi-governmental agency formed by the State to document emissions and emissions reductions before AB32 was implemented: www.climateregistry.org
- California Public Utilities Commission: www.cpuc.ca.gov
- California Energy Commission: www.energy.ca.gov
- Links on Climate Change Activities of California Attorney General's Office: www.ag.ca.gov/globalwarming/index.php
- Insurance Industry Perspective: www.lloyds.com/360
AB 32 and CEQA: Non-profit, Governmental and Industry Efforts and White Papers
The Governor's Office of Planning and Research is under a mandate as a result of SB 97 to prepare draft Guidelines on dealing with GHG emissions under the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA"). OPR is working on draft Guidelines to release by July 1, 2009, it made resources available regarding the range of present agency approaches here. Pending its draft Guidelines, the agency issued a Technical Advisory.
A variety of non-profit organizations, governmental organizations, and planning groups have prepared white papers on CEQA compliance, listed below. In late August, though, the Legislature passed SB375 which may effectively require more review of Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) impacts of non-exempt projects. Here are sources of Guidance on CEQA evaluation of greenhouse gas impacts at present.
- California Air Pollution Control Officers' Association ("CAPCOA"), White Paper.
- ICLEI Guide
- California Attorney General's Office, list of mitigation measures and modeling tools for addressing GHGs in CEQA documents.
- California Chapter, American Planning Association
- Association of Environmental Professionals, White Paper.
- Center for Biological Diversity, plaintiff in a number of GHG related cases, White Paper.
- CEQAmap.com includes a database of environmental documents addressing GHG potential impacts.
The California Attorney General's Office has also made available all of its comment letters and the Settlement Agreements or Memoranda of Understanding it has entered into.
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