Air Quality & Emissions

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Could parking policy benefit from more regional oversight?

This week, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency officially launches SFpark, a program that implements the type of demand-based pricing scheme advocated by Donald Shoup.  Through SFpark, both on-street and off-street supply in designated pilot areas, which include many of San Francisco’s busiest neighborhoods, will be priced dynamically to match demand.  SFpark’s pricing strategies are designed … Continue reading

Laying the groundwork for a Sustainable Communities Strategy

Last month the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and regional partners released the Initial Vision Scenario, a document that lays the groundwork for the Bay Area’s Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS).  MTC and ABAG will develop an SCS with the goal of reducing regional per capita vehicle emissions 7 percent by 2020 and 15 percent by 2035, in … Continue reading

Tussle over SB 375 target for Southern California resolved, but funding challenges remain

On September 23, 2010, the State Air Resources Board (ARB) assigned greenhouse gas reduction targets to California’s regional metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), moving Senate Bill 375 forward into its implementation phase and setting in motion the first regional planning cycle required under the legislation.  ARB adopted final targets that express each metropolitan region’s goal as … Continue reading

Air Resources Board adopts final targets for SB 375

At its meeting yesterday, the State Air Resources Board (ARB) had a full agenda.  For one, it approved an important regulation requiring that one-third of electricity sold by utilities in California be derived from renewable sources by the year 2020.  But for the purpose of this blog, we will only discuss the Board’s other major … Continue reading

An alternative approach to setting SB 375 targets

Earlier this month, agency staff at the State Air Resources Board (ARB) recommended a set of targets, which quantify how much regions throughout California should plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from passenger vehicles and light duty trucks.  Those targets will soon be evaluated by the Board, which is required under Senate Bill 375 to … Continue reading

Are the proposed SB 375 targets ambitious enough to achieve California’s goals?

The State Air Resources Board (ARB) has now proposed regional targets for California’s eighteen metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and Senate Bill 375 requires that the Board adopt the final targets by September 30, 2010.  As previously discussed, the proposed targets are the product of a “bottom-up” approach, in which ARB has relied heavily on technical … Continue reading

Air Resources Board proposes final regional targets for SB 375

Agency staff from the State Air Resources Board (ARB) has now proposed final targets for Senate Bill 375, which quantify each region’s target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by the years 2020 and 2035.  The targets are the product of the “bottom-up” approach that ARB has adopted — the direct outgrowth of a collaborative process … Continue reading

ARB releases draft greenhouse gas targets for SB 375

The State Air Resources Board (ARB) is required to set emissions reduction targets this year for the initial planning cycle set in motion by Senate Bill 375.  These targets reflect regional goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from passenger vehicles and light duty trucks.  The bill requires that ARB release draft targets by June 30 … Continue reading

SB 375 and the AB 32 Ballot Measure

Earlier this month, it was revealed that a ballot measure proposed by the so-called “California Jobs Initiative” had obtained more than enough signatures to allow it to be added to the November 2010 ballot.  This ballot measure, if approved by California voters, would require that Assembly Bill 32, the state’s global warming law, be suspended … Continue reading

Initial estimates for an ambitious Bay Area GHG target

The “Big Four” among California’s metropolitan planning organizations — SCAG (Los Angeles/Southern California), MTC/ABAG (San Francisco Bay Area), SANDAG (San Diego), and SACOG (Sacramento) — govern regions that feature urban population densities and relatively mature transit networks.  Abundant opportunities exist in the urban cores of all four regions to ratchet up the intensity of land … Continue reading


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