How the template was developed
StopWaste represents a population of 1.4 million in 14 cities, two sanitary districts and Alameda County on waste issues. The Agency has a goal of 75% diversion from landfill and programs include residential and commercial recycling, food scrap recycling, (offered to all residents in the County), Green Building, Bay Friendly Landscaping, and schools recycling.
The 14 cities in Alameda County, through the County Conference of Mayors, were looking for a regional, countywide approach to climate action planning. StopWaste offered to facilitate such a countywide approach and started the Alameda County Climate Action Project. The project consisted of inventories conducted for each of the cities by ICLEI under a master contract facilitated by StopWaste. StopWaste also had ICLEI prepare a Climate Action Plan template that gave materials management a priority position. ICLEI quantified the impacts of many of the recycling, composting, and waste reduction measures that a city can undertake to help make the case for these activities.
The template was used by many cities in developing their own customized Climate Action Plans. Many cities improved upon it, but used it as a starting place. The template helped provide cities with the background they needed to develop a climate action plan and include discussion of and quantification of waste reduction and recycling practices.