Setting a National Standard for Measuring GHG Emissions
Last week, "the sustainability network ICLEI USA released the U.S. Community Protocol for Accounting and Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (thankfully shortened to the Community Protocol), the first-ever national standard detailing how to inventory community-associated greenhouse gas emissions," reports Emma Fried-Cassorla.
"Before," says Fried-Cassorla, "communities could reach out to ICLEIfor guidance on how to measure and calculate emissions, or could try to extrapolate from corporate or federal reporting. This resulted in an ad hoc cobbling together of best practices, which led to inconsistent and incomparable data. Now, a quick download and some video tutorials will allow a city or community to easily create a standardized greenhouse gas inventory."