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Water and Land Use

California is moving toward a more holistic approach to managing our water and land resources as the 21st century unfolds. This perspective recognizes the interconnectivity between two traditionally fragmented sectors. Ensuring Equitable Engagement in Coordinated Planning July 9, 2020 SlidesAttendee PacketEvent Follow UpMore ResourcesFive nonprofits have been working together with the Local Government Commission as...

October 4, 2018

City of Chula Vista: “CO2 Reduction Plan”

The City of Chula Vista has prepared a CO2 Reduction Plan to lower the community’s major greenhouse gas emissions while strengthening the local economy and improving environmental conditions. The CO2 Reduction Plan is focused on reducing fossil fuel consumption and decreasing reliance on power generated by fossil fuel. The City of Chula Vista aims to…

July 8, 2013

Stormwater Engineering Group

North Carolina State University’s team of faculity, students and off-campus Extension faculty. Research areas of interest include stormwater management, watershed and economic impacts of stormwater practices, and low impact development.


March 24, 2014


Trees can have far-reaching effects on community air and water quality, residential heating and cooling, property values, community aesthetics, and even public health. Careful choice and placement of trees helps shade buildings, cool urban heat islands, and minimize conflicts with utilities and other infrastructure. Trees also reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide, remove air pollutants, reduce flooding…


October 11, 2013

Compact Development for More Livable Communities

Resources for Compact Development Publications Good Neighbors:  Affordable Family Housing. Tom Jones, William Pettus, AIA and Michael Pyatok, FAIA; Foreword by Chester Hartman.  McGraw Hill. 268 pp., 1997. An excellent, well-researched book includes chapters on: Who lives in affordable housing. Profiles of residents. Influences on affordable family housing design. 170+ pages of case studies from…

November 8, 2013

New Thinking for a New Transportation Age

This fact sheet (PDF, 1 MB) highlights five principles of the “New Transportation Age.” These principles derive from research and cutting-edge thinking that is often surprising and counterintuitive in that it contradicts many of the axioms of the post war era of automobile-oriented transportation engineering and planning.

October 10, 2013

Local Government Environmental Assistance Network (LGEAN) A forum and clearinghouse for local governments offering 24-hour access to regulatory and pollution prevention information, message boards, regulatory updates, and grants and finance information. LGEAN is currently offering a free copy of the “Environmental Planning for Small Communities” software program to local governments with populations of under 10,000.

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September 20, 2013

Bring Water and Land Use Together – Report Highlights

Download Report Highlights as PDF California is moving toward a more holistic approach to managing our water and land resources as the 21st century unfolds. In 2005, the California Legislature passed new laws that enable communities to join together to adopt Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) policies and practices. This comprehensive planning approach considers water...

March 7, 2019

A listing of energy-related financing, incentive, and education programs.

Financing and Project Assistance for Energy Efficiency in Buildings Federal State Joint Powers Authorities (JPA) Other Grants for Energy Efficiency Renewable Energy Incentive and Education Programs Water-related Energy Programs Financing and Project Assistance for Energy Efficiency in Buildings FEDERAL: Rebuild America: Department of Energy, Energy Renewables Program Voluntary program that helps community partnerships make profitable…


September 19, 2013

Compact Development for More Livable Communities: Focus on Livable Communities

When people hear the word “density,” they often think of barracks-style public housing projects, overcrowding or crime-ridden inner cities. While some of the high-density development of the last 40 years has reinforced these perceptions, well-designed compact development can actually help create more livable communities. This guidebook produced by LGC and published by the National Association…

November 8, 2013

The Ahwahnee Principles

Toward More Livable Communities By Judith Corbett, Executive Director-Local Government Commission and Joe Velasquez, Coucilmember-City of Cathedral City Cities everywhere are facing similar problems – increasing traffic congestion and worsening air pollution, the continuing loss of open space, the need for costly improvements to road and public services, the inequitable distribution of economic resources, and…

July 8, 2013

Reports & Other Resources

Reports & Other Resources California Climate Change Portal Air Resources Board AB 32 Scoping Plan CA Air Resources Board’s Local Government Toolkit California Energy Commission CEC 2009 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update CEC & PIER Program Reports Climate Action Team Climate Action Team & Climate Action Initiative California Climate…

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September 24, 2013

Computer Simulation as a Public Participation Tool

Using Images to Present Projects Most of us have a hard time envisioning what two-dimensional plans or a development proposal will look like when built. Computer simulation translates such plans and descriptions into pictures that help us see what a proposed development will actually look like. This allows residents and policymakers alike to make more…


“Watt’s” Going on, California?

The Local Government Commission, California State Association of Counties, League of California Cities, and California Park and Recreation Society teamed up to provide an energy conservation program cities and counties can deliver to their residents and businesses. We believe local government can play a vital role in the conservation of energy.

September 19, 2013

2007 Integrated Energy Policy Report

The California Energy Commission adopts an Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) every two years and an update every other year.  This web section is for the 2007 Integrated Energy Policy Report, which was adopted by the Energy Commission on December 5, 2007.

July 8, 2013

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) A project of the U.S. Department of Energy, EERE is an enormous database and search engine on all aspects of energy efficiency and renewable energy. The site provides access to a wealth of information about renewable energy and energy efficient technologies.

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September 20, 2013

Attorney Generals Website

The CA Attorney General’s Global Warming site which offers resources including: information on CEQA and NEPA and speeches/testimony from the Attorney General.


July 8, 2013

City and County of San Francisco, Department of the Environment The website includes an overview of San Francisco’s Integrated Pest Management Program, Sustainability Plan, and a proposed ordinance on green building standards.


September 20, 2013

Cultivating Community Gardens

Local government leaders are in a unique position to promote healthy eating and active living in their communities by supporting community gardens.


July 16, 2013

Gardening in the San Diego School District

Students at Rosa Parks Elementary School in the San Diego, California can enjoy the benefits of a community garden right on their school’s campus.

Rosa Parks Community Garden

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