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Topic - Environment, Energy & Climate Change Archive

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Heeding the Call for Water Conservation

Heeding the Call for Water Conservation

If every home in the state were retrofitted with water-efficient fixtures, over 300 billion gallons of water could be saved per year.

July 2015
Seeking Sustainability for California Groundwater

Seeking Sustainability for California Groundwater

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act establishes a new structure for managing California’s groundwater and gives new authority to local agencies.

July 2015
Benicia Turns Green Laws Into Greenbacks for Local Businesses

Benicia Turns Green Laws Into Greenbacks for Local Businesses

The Business Resource Incentive Program combines economic development and environmental sustainability.

July 2015
Advancing Climate Action, Sustainability and Community Well-Being

Advancing Climate Action, Sustainability and Community Well-Being

A recent symposium brought together state and local leaders to explore opportunities for accelerating sustainability activities in California.

July 2015
Cars of the Future: Connected and Autonomous

Cars of the Future: Connected and Autonomous

Just as the Internet and smartphones changed the world, the advent of connected and autonomous vehicles will have a profound impact on our lives and our cities.

June 2015
Converting Waste to Energy: How to Make it Happen in Your Community

Converting Waste to Energy: How to Make it Happen in Your Community

Local jurisdictions with anaerobic digestion projects in their communities report multiple benefits.

June 2015
Planting the Seeds for a Healthy and Vibrant Community

Planting the Seeds for a Healthy and Vibrant Community

May 2015
Dublin Uses Public-Private Partnership to Transform Neighborhood

Dublin Uses Public-Private Partnership to Transform Neighborhood

The city converted public housing to privately owned affordable housing and created a new neighborhood. The five-year planning process involved all key stakeholders, including existing residents, so that the resulting project would reflect the community’s needs.

March 2015
The Future of SB 375 Implementation and Regional Planning

The Future of SB 375 Implementation and Regional Planning

All 18 metropolitan planning organizations in California will have adopted their first Regional Transportation Plans under SB 375 by May 2015. This article looks at what SB 375 has accomplished and things local officials should keep in mind going forward.

March 2015

New Study Reveals Nearly $7.3 Billion Needed Annually to Make Streets and Roads Safe

In 10 years it is expected that, without greater investment, 25 percent of local streets and roads will be ranked “poor” — compared with 6 percent today. The local system will have an estimated $78.3 billion funding shortfall in the next decade.

February 2015