A healthy community provides opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to engage in routine daily physical activity in a safe environment, be it walking to a transit stop or school, commuting by bicycle to work, or playing in a neighborhood park. Healthy communities are also supported by food environments that ensure access to healthy foods, and make healthy eating the more accessible and more appealing option.
Concentrations of human induced greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere have already reached unprecedented levels and are causing well documented adverse changes to our planet’s physical and biological systems. We must act decisively to reverse this trend, to lessen the potentially devastating environmental, economic and social impacts that could result. At the same time, we must predict and prepare for, and adapt to, the unavoidable climatic changes that will likely occur due to the high concentration of greenhouse gas pollutants that are already in the atmosphere.
The utility industry, both public and private, has grown to satisfy this energy need. Sustainable communities that use energy efficiently benefit financially while conserving natural resources and environmental quality.
Water is one of California’s most coveted commodities, and the focus of intense competition between stakeholders such as industry, agriculture, residents, and environmental interests. Maintaining adequate water supplies and water quality, and protecting the beneficial uses of water depends largely on land use decisions made by local government. How we plan and develop our communities has an enormous impact on the quality and quantity of California’s water.