Climate Policy Program
Seventh Generation Advisors (SGA) Climate Policy Program works to ensure that strong climate policies and agreements are adopted and implemented at the state, federal and international level in order to expedite the reduction of GHG emissions and protect our natural resources.
To achieve this goal, SGA provides expertise and guidance to government officials, policy makers and business leaders in order to accelerate the adoption and implementation of climate policies and green projects both in the U.S. and abroad. In coordination with its partner organization, the R20 Regions of Climate Action, SGA pays particular attention to efforts being done at the subnational level.
The R20's mission is to develop and implement low-carbon and climate resilient projects through cooperation among subnational governments, non-governmental organizations, corporations and educational institutions. Through these efforts, R20 demonstrates both the capacity and willingness of these entities to tackle climate change and create strong green and climate resilient economies.
It has been estimated that up to 80% of mitigation and adaptation policies will happen at the sub national and local levels. Accordingly we believe that our approach is not only effective but imperative to solve the climate crisis. Our previous work has demonstrated our ability to encourage subnational governments to move forward with strong climate policies. These policies can then serve as models for other states, the federal government and governments abroad. The Obama Administration’s adoption of California’s tailpipe emissions standards serves as an example of how strong state policies can set a high bar and eventually be widely implemented.
Bottom Up Strategy: Subnational Climate Action
Efforts at the sub national (i.e. states, provinces, etc) level are crucial to solving the challenge of global warming for three reasons:
- There are significant environmental benefits to be gained from a reduced carbon footprint in states as large as California (which is the world's sixth largest economy and the twelfth largest emitter of GHGs).
- The potential economic benefits are also demonstrable, given the likely creation of new sustainable industries (renewable energy, for example).
- Other nations are more likely to reduce their own GHGs when the United States and other nations are seen to be taking action, even when that action is at the subnational rather than the federal level.
The Climate Policy Program staff provides:
- Experience from the "trenches" of climate planning efforts in several states, especially California, now regarded as the gold standard for state climate plans and legislation. The lessons learned can prove invaluable to other states as they embark on comprehensive climate planning.
- Connections to governors, key legislators, and world leaders to provide advice and political support for new climate planning efforts at the state, national and international level.
- Assistance to governors and other state and local leaders and their policy advisors in navigating the complex potential outcomes to adopt a full complement of climate measures and ensure effective implementation.