In October, we at ClimatePlan were elated to announce Governor Newsom’s latest effort to tackle climate change – Executive Order N-19-19 – which required the State Transportation Agency will leverage $5 billion in annual state transportation spending to: Align the state’s climate goals with the state’s transportation spending. Reduce driving by strengthening the connection between jobs, housing, and transportation. Reduce congestion by investing in innovative strategies that encourage people to shift from cars to other modes of transportation. Invest in transportation options that improve Californians’ health such as walking, bicycling, and other active modes. Mitigate costs for lower-income Californians. This type of action is critical if California wants to avoid even more destructive wildfires.read moreIn 2018, Local Government Commission released a report entitled, Bringing Water and Land Use Together. This report focused on identifying the challenges -- as well as the opportunities -- around moving California toward a more holistic approach to managing water and land resources. As noted in ClimatePlan’s Strategic Direction, Californians are already experiencing the impacts of climate change. From wildfires, droughts, and flooding, it is critical that California starts to pursue integrated approaches around water and land use to address the challenges California faces.read more
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