State and Local Climate Change Resource Center
Compilation of Databases of State and Local Initiatives on Climate Change, Renewable Energy, and Efficiency
In the absence of Congressional action on climate change, state and municipal governments across the country have taken action, adopting laws and policies on climate change, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. A number of sources do an excellent job in tracking these numerous state and local actions; this page links to what we have found to be some of the most useful databases. A downloadable version of this compilation is available here.
Local laws intended to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions have recently proliferated as part of a municipal-level response to climate change. Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law has prepared databases of many of these municipal laws relating specifically to green building, solar energy, wind energy, and energy efficiency. The Municipal Model Ordinances Databases is available here.
The State and Local Climate and Energy Program page features maps with links to State Examples and Local Examples, including case studies, GHG inventories, and climate action plans. The State & Regional Climate Policy Tracking page includes maps that provide a summary of state activity across a range of climate change and clean energy policy areas.