Finance cuts across all of the sectors covered in this book, and is a key enabler for all of the recommendations. Regional governments operate at a scale that lends itself well to organizing and delivering financial solutions, and realizing scale benefits. These finance recommendations are highly variable, with…
- Global Climate Finance
Angela Whitney leads RMI’s work on Green Investment Banks. Ms. Whitney came to RMI from the Hewlett Foundation where she led the Environment Program’s climate finance strategy and grant making. The aim of her work was to align capital flows with a two degree climate scenario, ensuring investing supports a transition to a low-carbon economy.
Her prior experience includes working for the National Park Service’s San Francisco Regional Office where she focused on issues of land protection and climate resilience. Her work also investigated impacts of energy development in the California desert.
Masters of Environmental Science, Yale School of Forestry
BA, Politics, Willamette University
Land use issues present both a great threat and a great opportunity to climate goals. Some 24% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture, forestry, and other land use, but this sector can also offset this impact by 20% by removing carbon from the atmosphere.
Transportation currently produces 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions—we can decrease the carbon intensity of transportation while increasing mobility choices and health benefits.
Industry is the foundation of many regional economies. Yet the industrial sector creates 28% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and its impact is growing faster than other sectors.
The Carbon-Free Regions Handbook reveals 30 actions—and associate resources—for state, provincial, and regional governments to move their communities toward climate neutrality.
Building climate-friendly technologies comes with a price tag; installing solar panels, erecting wind turbines, and implementing new public transportation systems all cost money. Yes, these projects often pay for themselves in the medium run, and are often even cheaper than high-carbon alternatives on a life-cycle basis, yet the up-front costs…