Policy Guide on Planning and Climate Change

This Climate Change Policy Guide from the American Planning Association recommends a policy framework to assist communities in dealing with climate change and its implications. The guide provides planners, engaged citizens, and elected officials with strategies to slow the pace of climate change and adapt to its impacts.

The plan provides a brief overview of the science of climate change and regional impacts relevant to planners. The main body of the report is organized around climate change policy recommendations for categories that affect APA members including: land use, transportation, energy, green development, natural resources, economic development,  hazards management, public health, and public infrastructure. Mitigation and adaptation techniques, and policy recommendations adopted by the APA and its members, are provided within each category with explanatory context for the benefits of each recommendation. Additionally, policy recommendations are provided with regard to federal, state, and local roles in addressing climate change.

The Guide was originally adopted in 2008, and was updated in April 2011.

Publication Date: April 11, 2011

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