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Sustainability Planning

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Sustainability means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs . The three, interrelated pillars of sustainable development are the environment, social equity, and economic development. To be sustainable is to balance the aims of these pillars with the need to use resources more efficiently.

A common framework to guide sustainable development efforts is a sustainability plan.  This plan ties together a community’s goals, strategies, implementation plans, and metrics for improving sustainability. 

AB 32 and SB 375 have established the framework to guide regions and local jurisdictions sustainability planning to achieve the goal of reducing GHG emissions.  The plan addresses environmental, economic, and social equity issues and establishes policies to achieve sustainability goals.  A plan must take into account the interrelated issues of climate change, population change, land use, infrastructure, natural resource management, quality of life, public health, and economic development. 

Sustainability planning is the basis for the entire body of work that guides the San Joaquin Valley Blueprint process and the implementation of the all components of the Blueprint.

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