The Sierra Business Council, PG&E and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) are work together to help local governments prepare community-wide GHG inventories so they can better understand the sources of emissions from various sources within the community.
PG&E is listed as part of the United Nations ‘National Level Coordination Structure of Agenda 21 Actions’ in the USA.
ICLEI advances Agenda 21 at local levels (Local Agenda 21 or LA21) by undertaking a consultative process to prepare, implement, and monitor local sustainable development action plans.
“Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment.”
Former UN Secretary General, Maurice Strong stated, “…current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work air conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable.”
According to ICLIE’s documents, for the GHG inventory program, the inventory will include emissions from fuel, electricity, heating and cooling, vehicle miles traveled (VMT), heavy duty vehicle emission factors, off‐road equipment, freight and service trucks, freight rail, ferries, marine vessels, air travel, passenger vehicle per‐mile, refrigerant leakage, fire suppressant emissions, agricultural livestock activities, consumption‐based inventory – which includes “…emissions associated with food purchased directly (e.g., at a grocery store) by households…”, and the list goes on!
The GHG inventory is only the beginning. According to ICLEI’s ‘Five Milestones for Sustainability’, the next step is setting an emissions reduction targets, goals are defined to reach the target, and then local government will implement policies and measures to achieve the goals. The goals are achieved through a “sustainability plan” that could include creating more park space, developing affordable housing, creating a green jobs workforce development program…
(GHG) inventory and energy/climate program also takes land use into consideration. Applications are to be submitted by a jurisdiction’s planning director, or staff manager who oversees the long-range planning activities for the local government. Proposals for funding through this program must be received by May 31st, 2013 at 5:00PM.1
Should our local elected representatives be accepting money from outside special interests whose strategies will restrict everyday choices of the citizens of the Calaveras County?
by Tonja Dausend
 ‘Local Government Operations Protocol’ http://www.icleiusa.org/tools/ghg-protocol/local-government-operations-protocol-1/local-government-operations-protocol
 http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1101574149223-568/GPIV_Program_Recruitment_RFA_FINAL_2013_04_24-1.pdf ‘US Community Protocol for Accounting and Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions’