The searchable Microsoft Access 2007 database contains information about actions and programs with quantified CO2 emissions reduction potential. The items included are relatively broad and are focused at the state, regional, and local level. The database can be used to aid metropolitan areas in scenario planning and modeling for GHG reduction, and as a starting point for conversations and implementation of actions and programs to reduce GHG emissions at the local, regional, state and even federal level. A PDF version of the database contents, set up as a table, is also available for download for those without Microsoft Access.
To get started, download the Database. Please note that the Database is set up in Microsoft Access 2007. Older versions of the software may experience problems. In order for the database to work, Microsoft Access macro programs need to be enabled. (Depending on the level of security settings in place on your workstation, you may have to take a few extra steps.) Click the “OK” button on the splash screen, and you will be taken to the main switchboard. From the main switchboard you will be able to begin using the search functions of the database.
From the main switchboard, two options can be used to search the actions and programs and associated information: “Find Action by Category” or “Find Action by Keyword”. From the main switchboard you can also access a simple list of broad Categories, and the list of actions which fall under each of them. The final item takes you to the Reference List.
For more information on how to use the Database, the Users Guide gives more detailed instructions, explains how the database is formatted and gives examples of searches.
The Source List and Reference List are tied to the information in the Database, so that you may drill down to find more detailed information. The Reference List is comprised of documents that are specifically referenced in the database, for example, much of the information on the percentage reduction of GHG emissions comes from the publication Moving Cooler (2009). The Source List is organized by the category groupings of the database, and shows all the documents which contributed to the work, directly and indirectly.