San Mateo County’s Commute Alternatives Program offers county
employees transit pass, vanpool, carpool, bike, and walk to work
subsidies, along with a Guaranteed Ride Home Program,
carpool-only parking facilities, and bike lockers.
The Petaluma General Plan 2025 reflects planning goals across all
its elements that are designed to mitigate future greenhouse gas
emissions. Highlights include policies that encourage higher
densities around a new regional rail system and in the central
core, as well as greener buildings among existing and future
A comprehensive update of the Livermore zoning code will better
incorporate “smart code” practices, such as enhanced pedestrian
and bicycle mobility, transit-oriented development, mixed-use and
Santa Rosa’s green building program covers new and existing
residential and commercial buildings to assist the city in
achieving its greenhouse gas reduction goal of 25 percent below
1990 levels by 2015.
San Mateo County’s green building ordinance requires all new and
remodeled residential and commercial projects to earn a minimum
number of green points on either the GreenPoint Rated or LEED
Richmond’s green building ordinance requires mandatory compliance
for all new and enlarged single and multi-family residential
projects, as well as for new and renovated commercial/industrial
projects. The green building requirements vary depending upon the
size of the building.
San Mateo County has undertaken a variety of efforts to educate
residents, local businesses and employees about climate change
and green practices, including an educational website, a “green
bag” lunch lecture series, and a green business certification
Because of its Bay-front location close to the City’s financial
district, Mission Bay was identified as a prime location for
mixed-use redevelopment. The 303-acre Mission Bay area was
previously a blighted industrial area, marked by vacant parcels
and dilapidated and underused warehouse buildings.