What We've Done
The City Council recognized the dangers associated with climate change, and decided to take action by endorsing the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement (PDF) in 2007. At the time Manhattan Beach was one of only 300 cities to make the commitment to reduce municipal greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to at least seven percent below 1990 levels by 2012. Now there are over 1,000 municipalities that have signed on to the goal to reduce their carbon footprints. In November 2007 the City published a comprehensive assessment of its environmental programs, including a GHG emissions inventory, in the Green Report. This publication identified the City’s baseline emissions, as well as quantified the emissions reduction goal the City is striving towards.
The City and the former Environmental Task Force collaborated to develop a municipal Climate Action Plan (PDF) that outlines some of the measures the City can implement to reduce its carbon footprint. By encapsulating these measures and proposed ideas into a Climate Action Plan, the City Council has adopted a roadmap to assist the City in meeting its municipal climate protection goals, and reducing its impact on the environment. We are working on collecting the information to develop a similar plan for our entire community, which will help Manhattan Beach become a sustainable city to live and work in, not just for our community, but for the future of our planet.
In the meantime, the City is taking action to reach out to the community to explain the seriousness of climate changes issues, and the need for energy efficiency. The City's participation in the 350 International Day of Climate Action, Earth Hour, and Energy Efficiency Month are just a few ways we are working with the community to take climate action. Now the City has a plan to help lessen the climate impact of its municipal operations.
What You Can Do
Please review the City's Municipal Climate Action Plan (PDF) and consider what you can do to make our community more energy efficient in order to save on energy costs and reduce our carbon footprint.