Community Development :
Sustainability and Climate Change

With growing knowledge and proof of global warming, communities, cities, and agencies are facing increasing pressures to reduce ecological footprints, minimize waste, and plan for climate change.

ESA is at the forefront of addressing climate change within emerging regulatory frameworks at the national, state, and local levels. We have been a leader and innovator in using the California Environmental Quality Act as a tool for greenhouse gas emissions reduction. Our pioneering work includes establishing significance thresholds, examining the climate change benefits of project and program alternatives, and encouraging smart growth.

Our knowledge of the latest global and regional policies is coupled with proven experience and pioneering sustainable solutions that shape companies and communities. Our expert staff, including LEED APs, helps clients no matter where they are on their path to sustainability. We develop climate action plans and carbon strategies based on accurate emissions inventories, benchmarking, stakeholder input, and a thorough knowledge of programs and policies that effectively reduce emissions. We integrate sustainability and climate adaptation strategies into the comprehensive and general planning processes to ensure local compliance with emerging state and federal regulations.

Specialized Services

  • Audits
  • California AB 32, SB 32 and SB 375 compliance
  • Carbon management and mitigation
  • Carbon neutral strategies
  • Carbon offset and sequestration program design and documentation
  • Community and ecosystem adaptation plans
  • Greenhouse gas inventories, mitigation, and emissions reduction
  • Inventories and reporting
  • Life cycle carbon footprints
  • Metrics development and performance measurement
  • Organics diversion
  • Recycling programs
  • Sea level rise adaptation studies and vulnerability assessments
  • Sustainability assessments, audits, and benchmarking
  • Water conservation and reuse
  • Zero waste strategies and programs