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This essay points out that local government should be a critical entity to create innovative polices for climate change protection and implement efficiently these policies reducing less cost and providing better benefits. In order to achieve these goals, I suggest two solutions. First, well-organized state Climate Action Plans (CAPs) can direct local governments to create policy instruments which should fit in their own goals and conditions. Additionally, interlocal collaboration can be an optimal way to maximize benefits and minimize cost of production generated by implementing these policies. However, research on interlocal collaboration for climate change and renewable energy remains underdeveloped. Therefore, a main goal of this essay is to represent efforts of state government for climate change for describing CAPs and obstacles for implementing efforts of local government for the same issue considering local governance structure as a solution.
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Author: Jisun Youm is a student at Florida State University and a 2013 Founders’ Forum Fellow.