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by Dawn Killough last modified Apr 28, 2011

Carbon Conscious is saving municipalities time and money in their efforts to meet their 2020 greenhouse gas reduction targets. The web site is a place for planning and public engagement. Aiming for those seeking for up-to-date information on climate action plans and policies which includes: mindful resource planning, community engagement and sustainability practices.




 

 

Carbon Conscious is saving municipalities time and money in their efforts to meet their 2020 greenhouse gas reduction targets. The web site is a place for planning and public engagement for municipal governments, climate change authorities, LEED accredited specialists and grant writers.

Aiming for those seeking for up-to-date information on climate action plans and policies which includes: mindful resource planning, community engagement and sustainability practices.

CarbonConscious.us was designed and introduced by PMC, an environmental and planning services firm in California and includes information on the latest approaches in green building techniques that encompasses:

  • Waste reduction
  • Energy and water conservation
  • Transportation management
  • Municipal infrastructure
  • Environmental justice
  • Community outreach.

“By sharing information between our members, promoting tried-and-true sustainability approaches, and identifying new sources of grant funding, Carbon Conscious helps municipal governments develop cost-effective climate change reduction strategies that work in the real world,” says Michael McCormick, AICP and CAP Project Manager at PMC.

Assessment

The site encourages members to assess their local communities on 18 key areas related to lowering greenhouse gas emissions. These assessments provide a comprehensive summary of what sustainability and climate action has occurred and where further action could be taken. Areas include:

  • Greenhouse gas reduction planning
  • Environmental justice
  • Green business initiatives
  • Transportation facilities
  • Financing strategies.

Water conservation is key in reducing emissions, as up to 20 percent of an area’s energy use may go to moving and treating water. Increased energy use leads to more emissions, which increases the rate of global warming. The site encourages communities to assess their current water use and implement a water use reduction plan.

Taking Action

Community engagement is key in taking action to reduce carbon emissions. Several strategies are suggested to encourage feedback and participation. These include developing a local green brand, an internal “green team,” coordination with local schools, colleges, organizations, and businesses and the development of a social marketing plan.

All of these strategies are implemented with the goal of changing behavior. Tracking changes and publicizing successes are valuable tools in showing improvement. With this in mind, the site features a carbon counter that allows families and individuals to document their own carbon footprint.  Through the use of a sign-in name and password, they are able to track their individual progress towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

Funding

The latest information on funding for sustainable projects is provided on the site. Funding opportunities include low-interest loans, assistance programs, incentives, and grants. Members can also receive assistance in selecting and applying for low-cost funding options for their programs.

Membership to the site is free and available to the public.

Source: PR Newswire

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