Moving from agenda to action: Evaluating local climate change action plans

Zhenghong Tang, Samuel D. Brody, Courtney Quinn, Liang Chang, Ting Wei

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Climate change is conventionally recognised as a large-scale issue resolved through regional or national policy initiatives. However, little research has been done to directly evaluate local climate change action plans. This study examines 40 recently adopted local climate change action plans in the US and analyses how well they recognise the concepts of climate change and prepare for climate change mitigation and adaptation. The results indicate that local climate change action plans have a high level of 'awareness', moderate 'analysis capabilities' for climate change, and relatively limited 'action approaches' for climate change mitigation. The study also identifies specific factors influencing the quality of these local jurisdictional plans. Finally, it provides policy recommendations to improve planning for climate change at the local level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-62
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Environmental Planning and Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010


  • Action plan
  • Climate change
  • Local jurisdiction
  • Quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Water Science and Technology
  • General Environmental Science
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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