The issuance of a proposed program design for the multi-state Western Climate Initiative is being pushed back from August to mid-September, but the Western Climate Initiative still expects to release a work plan by October 29. \u201cThe timing\u2019s been moved back primarily because of logistics things,\u201d said Michael Gibbs, the assistant secretary for climate change with the California Environmental Protection Agency, citing the Democratic national convention in late August and the Republican convention in early September among the reasons. Gibbs, who on August 13 led a conference call on the Western Climate Initiative\u2019s recent activities, called the program design \u201cthe end of the beginning\u201d for the initiative. \u201cThis document is very important in creating this policy framework,\u201d he said. The Western Climate Initiative, launched in February 2007, is a collaboration of western U.S. states and Canadian provinces to develop regional strategies to address climate change, specifically greenhouse gases. Initiative members California, Arizona, New Mexico, Montana, Oregon, Utah and the provinces British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec, are collaborating on collective ways to reduce greenhouse gas production. The participants have each assigned staff from environmental agencies and the governors\u2019 and premiers\u2019 offices to create a carbon cap-and-trade program for the western region.