About the Sustainability Program


The Sustainable Region

Southern California is a leading center for innovation, university research, and technology development, all important aspects of building a sustainable region. As such, the region is in a unique position to build a clean energy economy, with livable communities and efficient buildings near clean transit.






SCAG's Sustainability Program

Since 2000, SCAG has worked actively with the people and institutions of Southern California to create a dynamic regional growth vision based on these four principles: mobility, livability, prosperity, and sustainability. 

California’s Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act, or Senate Bill (SB) 375, requires SCAG to develop a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from cars and light trucks through integrated transportation, land use, housing and environmental planning. The SCS is a plan for meeting greenhouse gas emission reduction targets set by the California Air Resources Board (ARB) for the SCAG region. The 2012-2035 RTP/SCS achieves a 9 percent per capita GHG reduction for 2020 and a 16 percent per capita reduction for 2035.  The 2016-2040 RTP/SCS is currently under development, and planned for adoption in April 2016.

The successful implementation of the RTP/SCS allows future residents to enjoy a better quality of life than we do today, including the ability to lead a healthy and prosperous lifestyle, enjoy clean air and water, and ample opportunities for recreation. It will have direct and substantial benefits to public health by reducing pollutant emissions and expanding the opportunities for active transportation. It also demonstrates how we can transition from things we know to be unsustainable over the long term and beyond the term of the current RTP/SCS, such as reliance on fossil fuels, to new technologies and practices for the future.

Sustainability Planning Grant

SCAG offers direct funding of innovative planning initiatives for member agencies through the Sustainability Planning Grants program.

Learn more about the Sustainability Planning Grant