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SCAG AND SUSTAINABILITY 

 

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 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.
 
SCAG Sustainability Awards
SCAG Sustainability Awards

NOMINATIONS NOW AVAILABLE

SCAG is now proudly accepting nominations for the 2015 SCAG Sustainability Awards. For the past 8 years, SCAG has recognized innovative planning and local development projects that best coordinate land use and transportation actions to improve the mobility, livability, prosperity and sustainability of our region.

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Open Space Conservation Framework
Open Space Conservation Framework

As part of the 2012 RTP/SCS, SCAG committed to developing a comprehensive open space conservation strategy. The following documents provide a foundation for further efforts to realize the open space commitment.

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Southern California Climate & Economic Development Project
Southern California Climate & Economic Development Project
 
State legislation, Assembly Bill 32  and Senate Bill 375 sets standards for California's production of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. Senate Bill 375 specifically gives Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), such as the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the responsibility to work with local jurisdictions to develop a regional strategy for reducing GHG.
 
Southern California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Readiness Initiative
Southern California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Readiness Initiative

This initiative will develop a regional Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) Readiness Plan, with complementary model sub regional plans that advance strategies for the accelerated and streamlined deployment of PEV electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). Additionally, the program will establish best practices for "EV-ready" building and public works guidelines, and help to streamline PEV EVSE permitting, installation, and inspection processes.

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The Vision Project


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