Climate Pollution Reduction Grant Program—Climate Action Planning

In 2022, Congress passed the Inflation Reduction Act, which provides resources and guidance for states, tribes, and coalitions of local jurisdictions to pursue GHG emissions reductions through the Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG) program and outlines required deliverables including a Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP), Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP), and reporting frameworks.

Thanks to this funding, jurisdictions across the Country are developing feasible, actionable, and broadly supported strategies to respond to a changing climate—and position for future implementation funding. We’re thrilled to see this unprecedented opportunity to collaboratively advance climate action at a regional scale. As a leading climate planning firm, we strive to make sure our clients’ climate action plans are effective, feasible, grounded in the latest science, community-informed, advance equity, and align with regional efforts to ensure maximum impact—and this program represents an opportunity to do just that.

We’re excited to be supporting local clients including the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, the Snoqualmie Tribe, and the Lummi Nation—offering emissions data, tracking tools, effective mitigation and resilience strategies, and co-benefits analyses to empower them to direct their own progress towards their climate goals while ensuring they’re aligned with other regional efforts and meet program requirements.

Equity is another key focus of this program—and our team is leading the development of robust, inclusive engagement strategies to gather feedback from frontline and underserved communities throughout the Bay Area, Washington, and the Puget Sound region as they each develop their climate action plans. We align engagement methods—whether a city newsletter, community workshop, 1:1 interview, or recurring advisory committee meeting—to the climate vulnerability and capacity of those we’re engaging to tailor mitigation and resilience strategies to the needs expressed by community members.

Together, the strategies and actions outlined in the final PCAPs and CCAPs will not only position each jurisdiction to effectively reduce their emissions, but collectively improve regional sustainability, collaboration between jurisdictions on climate, and community resilience.

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