Planning for Minimum Carbon Impact

Consider this - you're a developer or consultant trying to do a project and at the same time do the right thing for climate change.  Or you're a planning agency wanting new projects that will help you achieve your Climate Action Plan goals.  Or you're a resident who wants to see clean, low impact projects in your community.

How do you get ahead of the curve and plan intelligently for low carbon impact from the get go?

There are many things to consider when planning a project for minimum carbon impact. To get a project entitled through CEQA, building energy, transportation, water, solid waste and construction-related emissions must be reported.  Vegetation is the 6th category, including natural and landscaped portions of a project.

So how do you plan ahead, and shape these conditions instead of them acting adversely on you?

Here are five tips to get you started. They'll help you avoid being surprised by carbon impacts later:

  1. Plan Ahead: As in many other areas of life, project development has a better chance of success when potential problems are anticipated and avoided. Get an early reading of the amount of your project's emissions. Several jurisdictions have...
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