Actions You Can Take

Work With Your Community to Initiate Action

Climate change may be a global phenomenon, but many of the solutions need to be implemented at the local level. Let your local decision makers know that you are concerned and want to see action. 

Community Energy Plans - Many cities and towns are coming together to create Community Energy Plans – collaborative and regional blueprints for greening our energy sources. For step-by-step guidance on how to develop and implement such a plan, go to the U.S. DOE’s “State and Local Solution Center.”

Georgetown-Quarterfinalist-Map
The cities on this map are all undergoing the Community Energy Planning process in 2014-2015 as part of the Georgetown University Energy Prize. Many others are also using the framework, but are not included in the national competition.

Community Resilience - Many communities are increasing their resilience to protect citizens from increasing extreme events, such as floods, droughts, and wildfires. Community resilience planning addresses a variety of stressors to vulnerable populations and natural resources so that communities can withstand extreme events while protecting economic, social, and environmental well-being. Get more information on developing community resilience in a highly collaborative manner..

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