Smart Growth

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The Issue

As cities in California continue to grow in population and in jobs, challenges increase to meet that growth with smart planning. This includes planning for the future with land use, housing, transportation, energy efficiency, and infrastructure while also assessing risk from the impact of climate change (clean water, wildfires, sustainability, etc.). Smart Growth in California is about implementing policy that will manage California’s resources to accommodate growth while also addressing and preparing for climate change.

What We Can Do

Municipalities are working toward mitigating and adapting to climate change - building resilience and sustainab Some specific areas of work include:

  • Municipal Climate Action Plans: participating in development of plans and monitoring to see that results are reached.
  • Green Infrastructure: Supporting use of natural systems in urban settings.
  • Energy Efficiency: Helping to move urban communities to be efficient, resilient and sustainable in a zero-carbon economy.
  • Community Choice Aggregation (CCA): Supporting 100% renewable electricity via CCAs where appropriate,
  • Building Electrification: Advocating to move away from natural gas to all electric in buildings
  • Transportation: Evaluating the role of mass transit, electric and autonomous vehicles, and land use.

Who’s Working on It

  • Transportation: Los Angeles and San Jose-Santa Clara.
  • Energy Efficiency: Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Berkeley/Albany/Emeryville, Claremont, and Pasadena
  • Climate Action Plans: Marin County, Berkeley/Albany/Emeryville, Claremont, San Diego, and San Jose-Santa Clara.