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    Energy is an essential resource and local governments are now looking toward renewable sources (i.e. wind, geothermal heat, water flows, biomass, and sunlight) as energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions increase.  The California Renewable Energy Resources Act (SB 1-2) requires California...
  • Jul 10, 2012
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    As local governments grapple with the issue and consequences of sprawl, infill development and sustainable reuse have arisen as a sustainable smart growth solution.  Infill development encompasses sustainable reuse that recycles existing land sources, minimizes impacts to habitat, reduces...
  • Jul 10, 2012
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    More local governments are using design guidelines and pattern books as methods for creating, preserving, or reinforcing the distinctive architectural character of an area.  Design guidelines typically regulate building scale, façade, and landscaping to ensure new development fits in with the...
  • Jul 10, 2012
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    California’s air quality has continuously increased since the California Air Pollution Control Act was passed in 1947.  The state has been consistently ahead of the federal government, other states, and the rest of the world in monitoring and reducing air pollution. Yet, California’s...
  • Jul 10, 2012
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    In 2006 the Legislature passed and Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 32 the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which set the 2020 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goal into law.  The goal is to reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and to 80 percent of 1990 levels by 2050.