Urban Climate Change Policy and Planning
This course provides students with an introduction to the role of local governments and other
urban actors in responding to climate change. Local governments and urban actors have a
significant role to play in reducing GHG emissions and adapting to the effects of climate change.
In a context of prolonged federal policy inaction on climate change, many local governments
have developed policies and programs of their own. These efforts are expanded and
complemented by the actions of nongovernmental organizations, foundations, and the private
sector. Urban climate change policy and planning faces significant and unique political and
financial hurdles, and we are only beginning to understand their effectiveness. Students will
gain substantive expertise in U.S. subnational climate change policy and planning and in the key
dimensions of local politics and political institutions that shape these actions and their
potential. We will invite guest speakers working directly on urban climate change policy and
planning to join us and share their experience.