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sb375 -- March 2017 SB 375 Regional GHG Target Update Workshops Posted: 06 Mar 2017 10:10:22
Staff at the California Air Resources Board (ARB) invites you to participate in workshops on updates to Senate Bill 375 regional passenger vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets for California's Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO). The workshops will be held at the locations and dates below, and will follow the same format and presentation. LOS ANGELES: March 7, 2017 SACRAMENTO: March 9, 2017 (also webcast) FRESNO: March 14, 2017 For more information on these workshops, visit the ARB SB 375 website and see the meeting notice at: https://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/sb375/meetings/meetings.htm. ARB staff has recently been informed that due to technical issues, this email announcement was not sent to this SB375 listserv at the same time it was sent to our ab32publichealth, board, cc, ej, localaction lists on February 22, 2017. We realize that the result is providing short notice for some stakeholders, but we hope you will still be able to participate and look forward to your input at these workshops, as well as through anticipated additional future engagement opportunities with our team. For any questions regarding these workshops, please contact Ms. Lezlie Kimura Szeto, Manager of the Sustainable Communities Policy and Planning Section at Lezlie.Kimura@arb.ca.gov or call (916) 327-5985. If you would like to receive notices of future meetings and the availability of materials, please sign up for our list serve at: https://www.arb.ca.gov/listserv/listserv_ind.php?listname=sb375. Background Senate Bill 375 (SB 375), the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008, requires MPOs to add a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) to their Regional Transportation Plans. The intent of the SCS is to better integrate land use and transportation policies to meet long-term sustainability goals. To help guide these regional planning efforts, ARB is required to establish regional GHG emission reduction targets for 2020 and 2035. ARB adopted initial targets for the MPO regions in 2010. ARB is required to update the targets at least every eight years, and may revise them every four years. In August 2014, ARB staff released a preliminary draft staff report on the status of SB 375 efforts and factors that ARB could consider during development of the methodology to update the targets. ARB staff discussed this preliminary draft staff report at three public workshops during September 2014 and presented the report to the Board in October 2014. Throughout 2015, ARB staff continued to engage stakeholders and the MPOs on the target update process. In September 2015, ARB staff requested target recommendations from the MPOs by spring 2016. Some MPOs requested more time to conduct additional scenario analysis and testing and provided target recommendations to ARB in late 2016. Simultaneously, ARB staff, through the development of ARB's Mobile Source Strategy, has evaluated how technology, fuels, and the transportation system need to transform to meet the State's air quality and climate objectives. This work has also formed the foundational strategies for transportation in the proposed 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan Update. These workshops are an opportunity for ARB staff to share information received to date and present preliminary target update concepts. California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.