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The Bay Area adopted its first Sustainable Communities Strategy, called Plan Bay Area, on July 18, 2013. ClimatePlan is working with partners to monitor its implementation and support the creation of a strong second plan.

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Quick Fact

In the San Francisco Bay Area, a study by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission found that when people both live and work within a half a mile of a transit station, they are ten times more likely to take transit: Approximately 42 percent who live and work near transit take the bus or train, whereas just 4 percent of others ride transit to work.

Regional Overview

The Bay Area region includes 101 cities, nine counties, and more than 7 million residents, and is expected to grow to 9.3 million residents by 2040.

A number of agencies are involved in transportation and land use planning in the Bay Area, and have joined together, along with nonprofit organizations and other stakeholders, as OneBayArea to work on the Sustainable Communities StrategyUltimately, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, in conjunction with the Association of Bay Area Governments, is responsible for developing the SCS, called Plan Bay Area.

SB 375 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Targets:
– 2020: 7% per capita reduction from 2005 level
– 2035: 15% per capita reduction from 2005 level

Here are additional targets set by Plan Bay Area. To get involved and learn more, see the websites of partner groups listed below. Contact ClimatePlan for help getting connected.


What They’re Saying

“We see [SB 375] as providing real community benefits. We have a problem in our community with air quality, so this is a significant benefit for us. It will also give us more energy security and independence, and most importantly it will give us a more livable community.”
— Janet Abelson, El Cerrito Mayor Pro Tem

Partners in the Region

American Lung Association in California
Breathe California
ChangeLab Solutions
Greenbelt Alliance
Non-Profit Housing Association
Public Advocates
Public Health Institute
Regional Asthma Management & Prevention Initiative
Urban Land Institute – San Francisco
Urban Habitat





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