Governor Brown Signs Legislation Aligning State’s Progress on Climate Change with Regional Goals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SB 150 Brings the State Closer to Achieving Goals Related to Climate Change, Health, Conservation and Equity

Media Contacts:

Chanell Fletcher, ClimatePlan, 510-740-9307, chanell@climateplanca.org
Joshua Stark, TransForm, 916-706-2035 ext. 302, jstark@transformca.org
Kimiko Martinez, Natural Resources Defense Council, 310-434-2344, kmartinez@nrdc.org

SACRAMENTO (October 11, 2017) — California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 150 into law.

SB 150 provides necessary updates to SB 375 – passed in 2008 – by:

Aligning each region’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions target with our state’s goal to reduce GHG emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

Monitoring each region’s progress towards achieving their GHG emission reduction target.

Producing a report for the Legislature that shares the successes and challenges of SB 375.

Following is a statement from Joshua Stark, state policy director at TransForm:
“California continues to lead by enacting smart, forward-thinking climate laws.  SB 150 strengthens our ability to reduce climate pollution from the biggest source — transportation — by improving plans for our state’s future.”

Following is a statement from Chanell Fletcher, director at ClimatePlan:
“We commend Senator Allen and Governor Brown for taking action and signing SB 150 into law. This law brings us one step closer to achieving our state’s ambitious goals to reduce climate emissions, conserve natural resources, and create healthy and equitable communities.”

Following is a statement from Victoria Rome, California legislative director at the Natural Resources Defense Council:
“SB 150 helps California combat climate change by focusing on how communities are designed and built. The bill requires consideration of climate change in regional planning, leading to better designed neighborhoods that allow people to walk, bike or take transit instead of spending countless hours in traffic.”

Background
SB 375 was a groundbreaking first step to link transportation, land use, and housing plans, in order to reduce GHG emissions from driving. Now, SB 150 provides a necessary update to better align our state’s progress on climate change to our regional goals. This law will build upon SB 375’s legacy to support sustainable, equitable communities and regions – ones where people can find homes that they can afford near well-paying jobs, connected by transportation choices, and surrounded by protected farms and natural landscapes. These communities not only help achieve state climate goals but also provide a multitude of other benefits. They protect air quality, make healthy active lifestyles easy, save households from additional time and money spent, and protect resources for future generations.

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ClimatePlan’s mission is to advance policies and programs to address the relationship between land use policy and climate change, and leverage the resources and partnerships necessary to realize more sustainable and equitable development throughout California. ClimatePlan envisions a healthier and more vital California that supports sustainable and equitable communities, preserves iconic landscapes, and significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Visit us at www.climateplan.org and follow us on Twitter @ClimatePlan

TransForm promotes walkable communities with excellent transportation choices to connect people of all incomes to opportunity, keep California affordable, and help solve our climate crisis. With diverse partners we engage communities in planning, run innovative programs and win policy change at the local, regional and state levels. Visit us at www.transformca.org and follow us on Twitter @TransForm_Alert.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 3 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world’s natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT, and Beijing. Visit us at www.nrdc.org and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.​


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