Sustainable Communities Research
This page last reviewed August 11, 2015
Strategies to promote sustainable communities include providing neighborhoods with safe, reliable, and affordable transportation choices that improve air quality, health, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG); equitable and affordable energy- and location-efficient housing options; improved access to quality employment, education, and other resources and services; and safe, vibrant surroundings.
To help achieve sustainable communities, ARB is focusing on built environment research that can help California reduce our greenhouse gases and air pollution, while helping our cities adapt to the impacts of climate change. By focusing on how we plan, build, and interact with our built environment, we can:
- Advance progress on combatting climate change (AB 32 requirements, SB375, and voluntary reductions) and meeting air quality standards
- Create healthier homes and communities
- Work toward equality in environmental and health outcomes
ARB’s Sustainable Communities efforts focus on land use and transportation planning, green buildings, and cool communities and evaluate the potential within these areas to reduce GHG emissions, air pollutants, and the urban heat island effect.
In planning for more sustainable communities, local and regional governments are pursuing integrated planning strategies that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve public health. Read more.
Significant GHG emission reductions—as well as many other environmental and health benefits—can be achieved through sustainable construction, operation, and renovation of new and existing buildings. Read more.
Many strategies that alter our built environment can not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, but also help combat the heat island effect, including placing cool roofs on buildings, using more cool pavements in our transportation systems, and maintaining and growing urban forests. Read More.
For more information on ARB's Sustainable Communities Research, please contact Maggie Witt at (916) 324-9061.