||At the 2009 U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Copenhagen, the
U.S. committed to reducing national emissions 17% by 2020, and 83% by 2050. In 2010
the U.S. made further international commitments to create a low-carbon development
strategy (LCDS)—a national plan to achieve emission reduction targets. However, a
comprehensive strategy to achieve those emissions reductions has yet to be developed.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is interested in ensuring that the U.S. meets these obligations
by creating an LCDS that results in federal action on climate change. This master’s
project examines twenty-two international and domestic low-carbon strategies to determine
best practices for creating an accurate and robust LCDS for the U.S. in light of the
current political context. Recommendations are presented for an LCDS methodology
that could be both effective and politically persuasive, and allow WWF to leverage
its role as a conservation leader.