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Green Plans

Green Plans have incorporated a wide spectrum of environmental themes and policy goals; the proof is in the 20-year track record of the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore and the European Union, among others. Decoupling economic growth from environmental pressures is a realistic outcome of Green Plans and would secure California's future prosperity.

The interdisciplinary nature of climate change has introduced many Californians to the challenge and importance of assessing a wide spectrum of causes and policy outcomes for a safe environmental future. Like California's landmark global warming legislation of 2006, however, most climate policy is relatively new, untested, and lacking integration with sectors beyond air and energy.
Green Plans can be modified and reproduced as policy templates in states, nations, and municipalities, reducing the costs and lengthy implementation periods usually associated with complex new legislation.
Read a proposal for a California Green Plan, prepared by the WELL Network:
The California Green Plan
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Green Plan Framework
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Green Plan FAQ
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Background information on state-by-state and regional initiatives in the United States.
Green Plans in Action: State of the States and Climate Change

In their role as laboratories of change for the nation, states are creating Climate Change Plans to address Green House Gas Emissions (GHG). Some of these plans are on the path toward comprehensive statewide Green Plans. Others are more limited. Some states had been incorporating sustainability into their governing principles before the trigger of climate change.

Some plans are further along than others. Our intent is to advocate for comprehensive policies that base sustainability on education and input from all sectors of social and economic life, including the citizenry; for integrated plans based on understanding that natural resources are interrelated; and for transparency in developing and implementing policies.

Following is a list of various initiatives, both regionally and by state, with links for detailed study. This list will be updated as warranted.

The Western Climate Initiative is coordinating a regional approach to Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG). Partners: Arizona, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Utah, British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec, and Ontario.Website: www.westernclimateinitiative.org

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative of nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states is initially developing a regional cap and trade program to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from regional power plants. Members: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. In addition, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Ontario, Quebec, the Eastern Canadian Provinces, and New Brunswick are observers to the process. Website: www.rggi.org

Midwestern Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord. Members include: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, as well as the Premier of the Canadian Province of Manitoba. Indiana, Ohio, and South Dakota are observers to the process. The Accord is expected to be fully implemented in 2010. http://www.midwesterngovernors.org/govenergynov.htm

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