Well-planned communities with a balance of housing, jobs, shopping, schools and recreation can reduce the length and frequency of trips and give people the option of walking, biking, or using transit rather than driving. This results in lower greenhouse gas emissions and also promotes physical activity and more vibrant, healthy and sustainable communities.
Cities and counties are leading by example and undertaking a range of activities to create more sustainable communities. These case stories review different local agencies’ experiences related to land use and community design activities.
These resources will help inform your land use and community design activities. Resources include links to organizations, state and federal agencies, tools, guides and tip sheets to support your work. You’ll also find examples of programs and materials from cities and counties.
The Beacon Award is sponsored by the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative, which offers no-cost resources to support the energy and climate initiatives of California local governments. Click here to learn more.