The “Southern California Climate Action Progress Report” is the first broad assessment of local climate action planning in the region. The Progress Report is based on the Southern California Climate Action Database, a new resource that provides cities and stakeholders with access to city climate planning information and allows cities to take credit for actions they’ve taken. The report and data provide valuable information to decision-makers
In this report, we show that roughly one-third of Southern California cities have taken some step towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We list ten cities whose climate performance stands out. While Santa Monica is the region’s definitive climate planning leader, many other cities will soon achieve similar levels of climate planning. One of the regions leaders, Apple Valley, is one of many cities in San Bernardino County which have engaged in climate planning activities since the state Attorney General sued the county in 2007 for failing to consider the effects of climate change in its general plan.