Steps to success

Our process of community mobilization for low carbon projects has six steps:

Buyers Collective
Sellers Market
Posting Board

This site contains templates for these steps which can be used in any community. These templates are based on Project San Diego and Project Cambridgeshire. They are found in the Taking Action (Go for the Gold) part of the site. Feel free to use these for your own community program, replacing the data and images to reflect your local situation.
Community Carbon Reduction (CCR) provides resources for communities to work together on solutions to the risks of climate change. Our focus is on carbon reduction, but our methods of Collective Action could be adapted to help communities respond effectively to other issues as diverse as environmental protection, sustainable transport and affordable housing. This website provides information, assessment tools and templates for collective action. 

CCR is a social enterprise provided by Cambridge Science and Policy Consulting with free expert support to projects reducing carbon emissions. Our focus is on communities, meaning cities, neighborhoods and residential or business complexes, as these are the scales of action where individuals - working together - can have the greatest impact. Projects we support can be any combination of behavior change, energy efficient buildings, and low carbon community energy systems (we do not work at the scale of grid power, since that is best left to the professionals at utilities). We call these three areas of support:

The guidance you will find here uses examples from San Diego, California in the US and Cambridge in the UK, as these are the two cities in which we live. But our approach to carbon reduction can be applied in communities anywhere in the world with a commitment to reducing the risks of climate change.


You can visit our services either through the following hotlinks or using the horizontal navigation bar.

The Learning Centre
Project California
Project San Diego
Project You


Our materials are organized in three color-coded sections:
  • Pages with a BLUE banner at top contain basic information on carbon reduction and the example of Project San Diego
  • Pages with a BLACK banner contain materials for Project Cambridge and the example of Cambridge Retrofit
  • Pages with a GOLD banner contain templates for Taking Action (Go for the Gold) which you are free to use in your own community


This video was produced by the Vatican for the Pope's 2015 encyclical on the responsibility to reduce the risks of climate change, featuring the leader of the CCR. It is a global call to action for governments, businesses, communities and individuals world-wide. Just turn your speakers on and click the arrow to begin the video.

Learn how CCR helped develop the principles of community carbon reduction in Cambridge UK through the video below. It is a movie of about 9 minutes featuring the launch of Cambridge Retrofit. The same process is supported by CCR in San Diego, Cambridgeshire and other communities.