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Nearing the Finish Line: Guidelines for New Affordable Housing, Sustainable Communities, and Agricul

by Chanell Fletcher, ClimatePlan Policy and Engagement Manager October 20, 2014 The Strategic Growth Council has been busy! The agency has been creating two new programs to fund the creation of sustainable communities and preserve agricultural lands. Draft guidelines are now out, and we’ve summarized them below. Action Alert: You can still make comments on […]

Join Us: Happy Hours with ClimatePlan’s New Director

ClimatePlan would like to invite you to an upcoming happy hour to introduce our new Director, Richard Raya. Enjoy good food, drinks, and an opportunity to meet Richard as well as other friends and colleagues! We hope you can join us! Please RSVP to Jackie Cole and let us know which event you plan on […]

Ding dong, LOS is dead! (VMT is here instead)

We’ve written about Level of Service (LOS) before, and here’s a reminder: LOS measures how much a development project will slow down cars. Until now, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) used LOS to evaluate new projects. This is pretty backwards: slowing down cars is not necessarily a negative impact on the environment.

Hello from ClimatePlan’s new director, Richard Raya

I’m delighted to be here to help ClimatePlan and its partners tackle work that is exemplary, exciting, and absolutely critical. When SB 375, the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act, was enacted in 2008, I was impressed. It’s rare to see legislation that deals with the environment, housing, transportation, and health in such a comprehensive, connected way. ClimatePlan’s diverse coalition has helped develop inclusive Sustainable Communities Strategies around the state, and their collective impact could be a model for the nation

Bullseye: How CARB can get targets right for the climate and for California communities

How time flies! Four years have passed since the California Air Resources Board (CARB) set greenhouse-gas reduction targets for every region’s first transportation plan under SB 375. Nearly every region has completed its first smart growth plan or Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS),and we’re tracking their implementation.

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