About Us

The ClimatePlan partnership works to improve land-use and transportation planning to protect Californians’ health, communities, environment, and climate.

ClimatePlan was formed in 2007 by 11 nonprofit organizations—American Farmland Trust, California Center for Regional Leadership, California League of Conservation Voters, Center for Clean Air Policy, Greenbelt Alliance, the Local Government Commission, Natural Resources Defense Council, Pacific Forest Trust, Planning and Conservation League, Sierra Club, and TransForm—with a seed grant from the San Francisco Foundation.

Our coalition now includes more than 50 partners, who represent a broad range of interests, from urban planning and public health experts, to social equity advocates, to farmland preservationists. All are dedicated to planning for a sustainable, equitable future.

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

We envision a healthier and more vital California that supports sustainable and equitable communities, preserves iconic landscapes, and significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

We recognize that California has been shaped by a history of inequity, racism, oppression, and disinvestment. We use equity and justice as an important lens on our work, and we work to ensure that low-income communities, communities of color and other marginalized communities have power over the decisions that impact their lives. Our Equity, Power, and Trust Guidelines frame our ongoing conversation, as well as the guiding principles below.

Guiding Principles

Advance Pragmatic Policy Solutions: Policy solutions should be both visionary and pragmatic, advancing innovative ideas and best practices, while being grounded in the reality of existing trends.

Find Common Ground: Focusing on shared priorities and areas of common ground is the best way to achieve our goals. We are committed to bringing together diverse stakeholders around policy solutions that will help all our partners advance their goals.

Build a Long-Lasting Movement: All communities and regions should have informed, engaged organizations that are working to monitor and shape growth over the long term. We work to build enduring capacity among local smart growth advocates.

Promote Policies that Protect and Improve Public Health: We advocate for policies that promote walking, bicycling, and reduced driving, resulting in more active lifestyles, better air quality, and safer streets.

Advance Solutions that Increase Social Equity and Environmental Justice: All communities, particularly low-income communities, must have the opportunity to benefit from growth. We advance policies that address mobility, jobs, and affordability, and protect existing residents and local businesses from displacement.

Protect Areas Where Growth Should Not Occur: Forests, agricultural areas, important watershed areas, and wildlife habitat should be protected from development. We promote policy tools that quantify the GHG benefits of preserving these areas and create incentives for preservation.

Increase Community Participation in Planning: Planning at both the local and regional levels is more effective when there is meaningful community participation throughout the process. In particular, under-represented communities need to be engaged in long-term planning.

Help Local Governments Move Ahead: Cities, counties and MPOs need financial support to plan and implement VMT reduction strategies. We are committed to establishing, restoring, and expanding funding for these efforts.

Amplify Synergies: We strive connect smart growth campaigns to add value to the work of organizations at all levels, from the neighborhood to the national.










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