Guest post by: Matt Vander Sluis, Program Director, Greenbelt Alliance
Adopted in 2013, Plan Bay Area is a groundbreaking regional strategy for how the San Francisco Bay Area can grow in a smart way. Hailed by many as the most progressive Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) in California, it envisions no sprawl for the next generation, focusing most new development near transit, including homes for people across the income spectrum.Read more
Leading, and lagging
Right now, the Sacramento region is updating its Sustainable Communities Strategy for 2016.Read more
A call for justice: Southern California groups call on SCAG to improve its Environmental Justice Analysis
Guest post by:
Beth Steckler, Deputy Director, Move LA
Michele Hasson, Regional Director, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability
Southern California has big plans. That is, the six counties in the region making up the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) do. They’re planning to shift transportation investments and encourage more urban-style development, to help reduce driving and greenhouse gas emissions throughout the state’s largest region.
This is promising. But it must be done thoughtfully.Read more
For a long time, advocates have called for more funding to support climate-friendly development, and now, with the new Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program, it’s here. (Hooray!) The program funds compact development near public transit, so that by reducing the need to drive, we reduce greenhouse gas emissions.