Tools to Take Climate Action

The following tools were created by Greenbelt Alliance to empower you to make an impact on the future of your community by providing the necessary resources to become an effective and enduring climate and housing advocate.

Note: If you come across a word or phrase you don’t understand, consult Greenbelt Alliance’s Climate and Land-Use Dictionary.

Tools to Take Action

What is a General Plan?

The General Plan is a vision about how a community will grow and reflects community priorities for shaping the future.

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What is a Housing Element?

Housing elements are critical parts of the General Plan. They dictate where and what kind of housing can be built in your community.

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Sample Policies

Check out our sample climate and housing policies and incorporate this template language into your written request or public comment.

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Sample Letter to Elected Officials

Use this sample letter template to send to your local elected officials or city staff. Simply make a copy and add your own, personal perspective and information.

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Sample Public Comment Template

Use this public comment template to speak during city council meetings, general plan updates, or housing element updates. Simply make a copy and add your own perspective and information.

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Centering People & Equity

Climate change affects us all but is not experienced fairly. Certain groups of people have been disproportionately impacted by environmental hazards. Learn how to embed equity and environmental justice into your General Plan today.

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