You†already know that reducing, reusing, and recycling conserves††resources, avoids landfilling/ incineration, and creates jobs.† But did you know the†materials and food are responsible for approximately 42% of†domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions?† Extracting resources, processing materials, manufacturing, and transporting goods and food contribute significantly to climate change.† Luckily there is an opportunity to integrate recycling, composting, and other conservation practices into climate planning.† This new toolkit provides resources to integrate material conservation into your community’s GHG inventory and climate action planning.† Your participation can make†††††††††† significant climate actions in this little known field.
Many local and state governments have taken climate mitigation into their own hands by setting impressive goals for reducing emissions from transportation, industry, and the built environment.† While this is an inspiring development in climate action, these inventories and strategies do not account for the enormous upstream emissions attributable to goods and food.† We are excited to share this comprehensive resource with you to help you map out how to incorporate material conservation into your community’s climate strategies.
-†††††† New approaches to GHG inventories that quantifies impacts from materials
-†††††† Model Climate Action Plans that include materials conservation practices
-†††††† Innovative policies that can reduce material consumption and increase recycling and composting
-†††††† Example ordinances,†standards, and policies to drive GHG reductions from material management
At a time when limited resources are available for meeting multiple urgent†policy goals, programs that focus on material conservation can deliver emissions reductions and contribute to climate action goals, while also producing benefits such as resource† conservation, cost savings, job creation and economic††development.
We hope you find the Toolkit helpful.† Please feel free to share it with your colleagues and tweet about your favorite ideas.† Thank you for your support and for† your positive contribution to climate change mitigation through waste prevention, recycling and composting.
John Albertini, Program Coordinator
Maine Resource Recovery Association
Courtesy of the West Coast Climate & Materials Management Forum