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Healthy Communities Success Story: Unique Land-Use Solutions and Fiscal Management Strategies in Turlock


With a growth rate triple its historic average, the city of Turlock experienced rapid growth in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. The City experimented with building permit caps in the early 1990’s to address growth impacts on infrastructure. However, it didn’t want to constrain new housing opportunities or economic stimulus. The City was also…

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January 27, 2014


Healthy Communities Success Story: Tulare’s Earlimart School District Leverages Kitchen Facilities to Address Food Insecurity


An estimated 57,000 adults in Tulare County experienced food insecurity – the lack of adequate food or income to ensure a balanced diet – during the recent recession, according to a 2012 policy brief by the UCLA Center for Health and Policy Research. The Tulare County food bank currently feeds a quarter of the population…

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Healthy Communities Success Story: Addressing Food Insecurity in Sacramento through Urban Gardening


Food insecurity – the limited or uncertain ability to acquire nutritionally adequate and safe food – is on the rise in Sacramento County. Concentrations of individuals and families who are food-insecure tend to appear in lower-income communities of color. However, incidences of food insecurity are also on the rise in areas perceived as more affluent….

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Healthy Communities Success Story: City Heights Develops Financing Strategy to Improve Walkablity and Grow Small Businesses


Walkable streets form the backbone of healthy, safe neighborhoods. Communities that provide a comfortable walking environment connecting to destinations also experience higher property values, and are attractive to existing and future residents. Download the Fact Sheet: Healthy Communities Success Story: City Heights Develops Financing Strategy to Improve Walkablity and Grow Small Businesses (PDF) This summary…

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February 21, 2014


Energy and the Human Environment


Toward Better Neighborhood Design By Judy and Michael Corbett Introduction Energy costs are eating up an ever-increasing percentage of the family income today. Home utility bills are doubling and tripling. The price of gasoline for the family car continues to rise. The family budget is impacted both directly and indirectly. Almost every product we use,…

July 16, 2013


Designs and Codes That Reduce Crime Around Multifamily Housing


Research shows that crime rates are influenced by the design of both the building and the space surrounding the building. This 4-page fact sheet (PDF, 232 KB) highlights some of the key design concepts that architects, landscape architects, planners, and elected officials can employ to help ensure that new multifamily housing remains crime-free.

October 11, 2013


Emergency Response and Narrow Streets


For decades wide suburban-style streets have been the norm in new developments. As the Smart Growth movement gained momentum, emergency response agencies, especially fire departments, expressed concern about the narrower streets seen in many Smart Growth developments. Their fears were that these streets would slow down responding vehicles in an emergency situation where seconds are…

November 8, 2013


Development And Public Health


Could our development patterns be affecting our personal health? By Richard E. Killingsworth and Jean Lamming Urban Land, July 2001 A nostalgic view of American cities suggests they were once designed for and accommodated people. In that bygone era, public places, local stores, and transit stops were readily accessible by foot or bike. But then…

July 13, 2013


Designs and Codes That Reduce Crime Around Multifamily Housing


A number of local agencies have converted anti-crime design concepts into local codes and guidelines for new development and redevelopment. The following examples have been implemented by jurisdictions:

August 8, 2013


Community Design Fact Sheets for Safe Streets and Healthy Communities


Calles Seguras Para Peatones (Streets that are Safe for Pedestrians) and Salud y Diseño Urbano (Health and Community Design) are part of a packet that includes the following:

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September 23, 2013


Building Livable Communities With Transit


By Paul Zykofsky, AICP, Director, LGC Center for Livable Communities Livable communities are hot. In a speech on January 11, 1999, Vice President Gore unveiled the Administration’s Livability Agenda while announcing a wide range of measures to assist state and local governments to plan for smart growth.

July 13, 2013


“Calles Más Seguras para Familias y Niños”


In California and in the Central Valley, a markedly disproportionate number of Latinos are hit and either injured or killed by vehicles while they are walking to work, school, and other routine destinations. Nearly half (49%) of children and youth pedestrian victims in California are Hispanic, according to a report published in October 1997 by…

November 8, 2013


Streets and Sidewalks, People and Cars


This hands-on guide gives citizens the tools they need to evaluate and improve the safety of their neighborhood residential and commercial streets.

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August 8, 2013


Administration: Who’s Involved


Governor’s Administration Involved in AB-32 Implementation

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September 24, 2013


A list of energy efficiency best practices case-studies


These case studies were developed by the Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator.

September 19, 2013


Local Government Energy Programs Cheer Recent CPUC Decision


Press Release For Immediate Release: Monday, June 4, 2018 On Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a number of key reforms to local government energy efficiency activities proposed by the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LGSEC), a coalition of the Local Government Commission (LGC). The CPUC ordered the four investor-owned utilities to undertake…

June 4, 2018


Worldwatch Institute


Informing policymakers and the public about emerging global problems and trends and the complex links between the world economy and its environmental support systems, Worldwatch Institute’s web site provides a wealth of resources including a monthly newsletter, issue briefs, a speakers list and action alerts.

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September 20, 2013


Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)


http://www.pge.com PG&E’s web site offers information on electric industry restructuring and energy efficiency opportunities and technologies. PG&E Energy Services, an unregulated PG&E subsidiary whose products include electricity from renewable energy sources, can also be accessed from this site.

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Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)


http://www.smud.org SMUD touts having one of the cleanest power mixes in the nation. Through their PV Pioneer Program, SMUD is partnering with customers who agree to pay a “green price” each month to host PV systems on their roofs.

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San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)


http://www.sdge.com SDG&E’s 100 Ways to Save page provides energy efficiency tips for water heaters, air conditioners, small appliances and several other household items. The Energy Arcade page provides energy information and highlights some of SDG&E’s environmental projects. The site also has information on electric industry restructuring.

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