Sustainability Topics

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.

Sustainability Subcommittee

The Sustainability Subcommittee was formed pursuant to direction from the Regional Council in order to provide a forum for Sustainability issues affecting regional planning, and to provide strategic and policy direction for SCAG on public health issues.

Subcommittees: Implementation Strategy of the 2012-2035 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS)



Clean, stable and sustainable sources of energy for Southern California are critical to supporting a healthy and resilient region. In developing future plans, SCAG must fully weigh and consider energy supply, efficiency, consumption and environmental impacts, such as greenhouse gas emissions.



Transportation & Alternative Fuels

California is working to expand the use and production of alternative fuels and vehicles for their benefits to air quality, climate change and to reduce our dependence on petroleum-based fuels. Executive Order S-1-07 calls for an overall reduction of carbon emissions by at least 10% by the year 2020.




Additional water resources will be needed to meet the growing population and economy of the SCAG region. Sufficient water supplies are needed to meet these future water demands.



Green Buildings

Greenhouse gas emissions from buildings are substantial. New buildings can be constructed using passive solar building design, low- or zero-energy building techniques, using renewable heat sources. 




Public Health

Public health agencies are working to respond to the health effects of climate change. Communities across the SCAG region are at-risk for negative health effects associated with climate change, such as natural disasters, including floods and heat waves.



Open Space

As our region grows and urbanizes, we are modifying the natural world and diminishing the availability of resources for future generations. SCAG has begun a strategic planning process to determine critical components and implementation steps for open space resources in our region.



Solid Waste

Solid waste reduction and recycling help address global climate change. SCAG is responsible for looking at both short and long term solutions to effectively address the regional waste problem. ​​​