Posts Tagged ‘climate’

House Climate Bill on Green Transpo: It’s Better Than You Thought!

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Elana Schor at Streetsblog reports that the bill that cleared the House does not limit state allowances going toward transportation to 10% as earlier reported. With 20% for production incentives, 5% for building retrofits, and 1% for low income areas, 74% of the state allowances can go toward various state priorities, including energy-efficient transportation planning.

Streetsblog San Francisco » House Climate Bill on Green Transpo: It’s Better Than You Thought!.

Model policies for greenhouse gases in general plans

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

The California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA) released its new climate change resource document for general plans “Model Policies for Greenhouse Gases in General Plans”:  http://www.capcoa.org/modelpolicies/CAPCOA-ModelPolicies-6-12-09-915am.pdf

This white paper views model policies for addressing greenhouse gas emissions in General Plans to provide a common platform of information and tools to support local governments.  It is intended as a resource, not a guidance document.  There is also a spreadsheet that accompanies the report.

Tenth of a Tenth for Greener Transportation in Climate Bill?

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Streetsblog’s Elana Schor reports on House Energy and Commerce Committee deal that allows 10% of the state allowance (which is 10% of the total allowances for carbon emissions under the framework established by the climate bill) to pay for transit expansions, bike facilities, and transportation efficiency. The allowances are projected to generate $70 billion by 2010 – which means the bill puts $7 billion in state hands, and $700 million towards transportation.

Streetsblog San Francisco » House Dems Agree: Climate Bill Can Help Pay for Greener Transportation.

Bay Area Council Economic Institute Releases Economic Recovery Workplan to State

Friday, June 19th, 2009

The Bay Area Council Economic Institute recently released the Bay Area Regional Economic Recovery Workplan to the State.

The workplan, developed in collaboration with Bay Area agencies, governments, and civic partners, identifies projects and activities with high regional priority in terms of jobs and long-term competitiveness within seven sectors: transportation, water, housing, business development, human capital/workforce, energy/climate, and science & innovation.  It will be used by the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, as well as other state agencies, to facilitate decision-making regarding the allocation of federal stimulus funds available through the state.

The workplan highlights the FOCUS Priority Development Areas as an opportunity to align short- and long-term job growth with our regional goals of delivering more affordable housing and transit-oriented development.  Of the 572 projects submitted by Bay Area cities, counties, regional agencies, and private and civic organizations, over 150 fell within or significantly benefitted the Priority Development Areas.