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.