SB CAN is hosting a series of public workshops on "Creating Sustainable Communities." Workshop participants and other interested community members can learn more about sustainability at the links below.
Sustainable Measures develops indicators that measure progress toward a sustainable economy, society and environment. http://www.sustainablemeasures.com/index.html
Development of a Sustainable Community in Santa Paula, California - This Bren Group Project contains links and other resources on a variety of sustainability issues - including Building Materials (p. 28), Energy (p. 55), Landscape Management and Community Gardens (p. 81), Solid Waste Management (p. 94), Transportation (p. 111), Water (p. 132), and the Operations and Maintenance of a community (p. 134-138). Although it is specific to Ventura County, many of the resources are relevant to our region. Some of the resources could help people in Santa Maria and SB County.
Summarizes the science of climate change and the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. For Full Report:
To Download/Order the Report or for sections of the Report:
On Common Ground - The Summer 2009 edition of the online magazine of the National Associaton of Realtors, addresses transportation issues in the U.S. and examines opportunities for developing a new national transportation strategy. ''To say that we are at a pivotal time in addressing transportation would be an understatement. A confluence of factors -- including economic distress, politics, and changing real estate markets -- is posing a rare opportunity to create a new national transportation vision in a way not seen since the Interstate Highway system was created. The time is ripe for transportation to take a new direction. This issue will take a look at some of these new directions.'' http://www.realtor.org/government_affairs/smart_growth/on_common_ground_summer2009
California's Global Warming Solutions Act, signed into law in September, 2006, establishes a framework and timeline for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the state. The California Air Resources Board is responsible for implementation of this landmark legislation. For more information on activities on the state level, see the state's climate change portal. The District has been incorporating climate change in outreach and education programs for several years, and is currently working in a number of additional areas to help prepare the way for the state initiatives. http://www.sbcapcd.org/sbc/climatechange-apcd.htm
CoolCalifornia.org’s mission is to provide all Californians with the tools they need to voluntarily reduce global warming pollution. Includes carbon calculators, financial resources, and networking opportunities for individuals, businesses, and government.
FAQ - http://www.climatechange.ca.gov/publications/faqs.html
ARB Climate Change Program LogoIn 2006, the Legislature passed and Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which set the 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal into law. It directed the California Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) to begin developing discrete early actions to reduce greenhouse gases while also preparing a scoping plan to identify how best to reach the 2020 limit. The reduction measures to meet the 2020 target are to be adopted by the start of 2011. http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/ab32/ab32.htm
Global Warming FAQ
U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)
The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) coordinates and integrates federal research on changes in the global environment and their implications for society. The USGCRP began as a presidential initiative in 1989 and was mandated by Congress in the Global Change Research Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-606), which called for "a comprehensive and integrated United States research program which will assist the Nation and the world to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural processes of global change." Includes regional and sectoral climate information, publications, and other resources. http://www.globalchange.gov/
Global Climate Change Links - http://www.climatechange.ca.gov/links.html