An increasing number of U.S. communities are developing local Climate Action Plans (CAPs) that set GHG targets focused on energy, transport and waste, with the intention of making a contribution to climate change mitigation.

In 2016, the White House developed a “US Mid-Century Strategy for Deep Decarbonization” in response to the Paris Agreement and G8 pledge that developed countries should reduce emissions 80% by 2050. The strategy charted a pathway for the United States to achieve this goal focusing on a need to increase energy efficiency while increasing the use of renewable energy in buildings, transport and industry. However, it also expected the US land sink would offset up to 45% of economy-wide emissions by 2050, including expanding forests 40-50 million acres and avoiding the loss of 13 million acres of land to urban expansion.

Communities can play a role in protecting and expanding the U.S. land sink.  For this reason, the 3-minute survey below was developed to gauge the interest of communities to include lands in their GHG inventories and CAPs.

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* 1. Does your current GHG inventory (GHGI) or Climate Action Plan (CAP) include any land and/or forest or tree related GHGs? Check all that apply:

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* 2. If you have not included land, forests or urban trees in your GHGI or CAP, please indicate the reason why below.  Check all that apply:

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* 3. Would your community be interested in participating in a pilot effort to develop a new protocol / guidance for including land-related GHGs in community-scale GHG inventories?  This would entail cooperation with an expert team to develop land-related GHG estimates for your community, as a testing ground for drafting such guidance for communities.  If so, which land categories are you most interested in?  Check all that apply:

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* 4. Which best characterizes you?

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* 5. If you are willing to be interviewed for a follow up discussion on the issue of including land / forests / urban trees in community-scale GHG inventories and climate action plans, please leave your name, email, contact telephone and the community (city or county) you represent below.

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