States take steps to cut GHG emissions

By Marcie Geffner - Partnership for Sustainable Communities

A number of U.S. states have begun to use transportation and land-use policies and projects to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in an effort to combat climate change. California's climate change program is among the most ambitious overall, but other states have made at least a small start.

Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, and Washington may well take the top honors, judging by a national survey that found nearly 600 state-level programs that could cut GHG emissions in the areas of climate, energy, transportation, and building. Boos and hisses might greet such states as Alabama, Mississippi, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Tennessee, which, based on the survey, appear to be nearly oblivious to or decidedly uninterested in these issues.

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