In the absence of comprehensive federal leadership on climate, America’s Pledge is committed to collecting, aggregating, and reporting on the progress that U.S. non-federal actors are making in reducing emissions to meet our Paris Agreement goals. Our dedicated team of researchers compiles emissions data from cities, states, and businesses and produces regular progress reports to ensure that the world knows we are still working towards our global climate targets.
Read our first reports below, and continue to check back for more updates.
The Reality of U.S. Climate Action: Non-Federal Leadership is Delivering Ambition and Action
SEPTEMBER 2019: A wave of U.S. climate leadership is answering the global call to action to combat the climate crisis. Cities, states, and communities across the U.S. are executing bold, ambitious plans to reduce national emissions, even in the absence of federal leadership. This rapidly expanding coalition is showing the world that the transition toward a transformed, clean economy generates opportunities and extensive benefits for economies, communities, and ecosystems.
Fulfilling America’s Pledge: How States, Cities, and Businesses Are Leading the United States to a Low-Carbon Future
SEPTEMBER 2018: This report, Fulfilling America’s Pledge, builds on our 2017 report and provides the most comprehensive assessment to date of how U.S. states, cities, businesses, and others (often referenced within this report as “real economy actors”) are embracing new economic opportunities and technologies to implement climate targets and deliver emissions reductions within their own jurisdictions and operations under their own authority.
America’s Low Carbon Future: A “Bottom-Up” Opportunity Agenda for Climate Action in the United States
JULY 2018: The ten-part Opportunity Agenda covers a wide range of existing policies, programs, and initiatives led by U.S. businesses, cities, colleges & universities, and states regardless of the rhetoric or even the policy decisions emanating from the federal government. In the weeks, months, and years ahead, U.S. nonfederal leaders can do much more to build upon the successes already captured in these ten areas.
Review of Estimates for GHG Emissions Mitigation Opportunities in the United States
JUNE 2018: Nonfederal leaders across the United States are stepping up to address climate change while promoting economic growth, creating jobs, and improving public health. Already, over 2,700 states, cities, and businesses, representing 159 million Americans, have committed to cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement. These nonfederal actors have enacted a wide diversity of measures to achieve real reductions in emissions while driving economic growth, including cap-and-trade policies, renewable portfolio standards, low-emission vehicle targets, and standards for oil and gas methane that are delivering results.
America’s Pledge Phase 1 Report: States, Cities, and Businesses in the United States Are Stepping Up on Climate Action
NOVEMBER 2017: The America’s Pledge report is the first communication to the international community specifically addressing the scope and scale of non-federal climate action in the United States following the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. It captures and quantifies the outpouring of public support for the agreement since the withdrawal announcement, finding that cities, states and businesses representing more than half the U.S. economy and population have declared their support for the Paris Agreement, including more than 2,700 signatories to the “We Are Still In” declaration.