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Engaging the Public in Sustainability Stories



Case Story City of Pleasanton
City of Pleasanton residents engaged in the development of a Climate Action Plan.

City of Pleasanton – Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Pleasanton
Developing a Climate Action Plan

When the City of Pleasanton recognized a need to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions, including greenhouse gases generated in the community, they were aware that the city’s residents had differing views about climate change: some believe it is a real problem, others do not. The city adopted several creative approaches to respond to concerns expressed. 

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County of Monterey – Involving the Public in Climate Change Action

Monterey County offers homeowners a voluntary green building certification program, StepUp2Green, as an opportunity to have their home green certified.

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City of Manhattan Beach – Involving the Public in Climate Change Action

Manhattan Beach established an Environmental Task Force composed of residents and city officials to develop recommendations to the City Council to address a range of environmental challenges, including the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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City of Mountain View – Involving the Public in Climate Change Action

In early 2008, at the request of the Mountain View city council, over sixty Mountain View residents volunteered to participate in an environmental sustainability task force.

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City of Pasadena – Involving the Public in Climate Change Action

The City of Pasadena appointed a resident environmental advisory commission that meets monthly with city staff and the public. The city also organizes events to increase awareness of the importance of climate change and other environmental efforts among all residents.

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City of San Carlos – Involving the Public in Climate Change Action

San Carlos offers a number of ways community members can participate in the city’s efforts to address climate change.

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City of South Pasadena – Involving the Public in Climate Change Action

South Pasadena encourages residents to become involved with the city’s efforts to raise awareness and stimulate action on climate change by serving on a city commission, collaborating on a bicycle master plan, and volunteering to plan the annual Green Living Expo/ Clean Air Car Show/ Film Festival.


Four Agency Collaboration to Create “One Bay Area”

Four agencies are collaborating in an effort to produce an integrated land-use/transportation plan in the Bay Area. Plan Bay Area is a joint effort led by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) in partnership with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC). The four agencies are working together with the nine counties and 101 cities and towns in the region along with transportation partners in order to manage the regional transportation network.

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SANDAG Sustainable Communities Strategy

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is scheduled to finalize a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) fall of 2011 as part of the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) in order to comply with California Senate Bill (SB) 375. SANDAG was the first Metropolitan Planning Organization to prepare an RTP that will meet specific statutory requirements to encourage sustainable planning practices.
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Sacramento Regional Consortium
Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program

Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) and its partners were awarded a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for regional planning and transit-oriented development. The goal is that the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development (RPSD) will be the product of collaboration that includes input from local governments, community and advocacy groups, and the public.

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