Climate Change Policy Guide
By American Planning Association
Advocating for a Safer, More Resilient Future
Climate change is a real threat both in the future and today as communities face accelerating risks now.
Planners have the expertise, perspectives, and skills to lead the local and regional responses to the climate crisis — but require federal and state action to amplify local planning efforts.
APA’s Climate Change Policy Guide positions planners to advocate for the federal and state policies that will empower communities to plan for a safer, more resilient, and carbon-free future.
The guide calls on federal and state lawmakers to focus and act on the following policy areas:
- Environmental justice
- Performance-based planning
- Renewed climate leadership
- Planning for electric vehicles and green infrastructure
- Standards and codes for clean energy and emission reduction
- Integration of climate goals into local plans
Advancing Federal Climate Action
APA is working closely with Congress and the Biden administration to address the climate crisis through transportation, housing, and land use policies.
Policies to Advance Local Climate Action
This guide also arms planners with guidance for creating locally and regionally tailored climate policies, plans, programs, projects, standards, and regulations.
This guide was approved by the APA Delegate Assembly on October 21, 2020, and ratified by the APA Board of Directors on December 10, 2020.
About the Author
American Planning Association
The American Planning Association provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change.
Table of Contents
Federal and State Policies
Livable Built Environment Policies
Harmony with Nature