IGS Research Brief Reviews Implementation of Sustainable Communities Act

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September 30, 2016

In 2008, the California Legislature passed SB 375, the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act. The goal was to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through coordinated transportation and land use planning which would create more sustainable communities. However, SB 375 provides little guidance on how cities and counties plan for housing and compact development, according to a new IGS Research Brief

California ranks second in total emissions among US states, despite having relatively low per-capita emissions, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration in 2013, and about 36 percent of California’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the transportation sector. SB 375 set California on a path towards regional emissions reductions by supporting the coordination between regional agencies overseeing transportation and housing. However, questions remain about whether SB 375 will help cities and counties change course or if successful implementation will be limited to areas that were already on a corrective path.