Determine Actions

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Actions can be new policies, practices, or tools to reduce carbon emissions.

They should be:

  • Specific enough that they can be readily implemented and measured 
  • Prioritized with clear timelines for implementation 
  • Assigned to specific agencies, organizations, or stakeholders that can be held accountable for implementation 
  • Evaluated for their net costs and benefits (both to the climate and otherwise), and potential sources of financial support

Climate actions defined in Washington DC’s Sustainable DC Plan show the timeframe and responsible parties for each action.

Source: Washington DC Department of Energy and the Environment, 2012