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Topic: Climate

While climate change is a global challenge, local and state governments are often at the forefront of developing actionable solutions. Many cities and states have created initiatives and enacted policies to cut emissions and build climate resilience. State and local government climate action plans provide detailed, strategic roadmaps for how local communities can plan for and mitigate impacts. These plans are implemented through regulatory bodies and governmental agencies that look broadly across sectors - energy, transportation, agriculture, and industry. Regardless of what level of government sets climate policy, local and state governments are responsible for its implementation, making them critical stakeholders in climate action.


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Article - Oct 30, 2017
An Engineer's Path to City Council

Is it possible to balance a technical career with a life of public service? Al Mendall is proof you can, and that science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) training can provide unique tools for policy-makers. A software engineer with over 20 years of industry experience, Mendall has also held an elected seat on Hayward, California’s City Council since 2012. I spoke to him about the path from industry to policy and about taking an engineer’s approach to effective politics.

Article - Aug 30, 2017
Global Solutions Start at Home

A version of this post appeared on August 30, 2017 in the Union of Concerned Scientists' blog. The original post can be viewed here. The post is reprinted here with permission. “Think globally, act locally.” I first heard this phrase as a child who had just learned about Earth Day at school. To my 11 […]

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