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.
Climate change is the single largest threat facing humanity, but it also provides an unprecedented opportunity for collaboration and innovation. Industrialization, mass deforestation, and pollution have increased atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and increased the temperature of Earth’s surface, a phenomenon known as global warming. While these threats seem insurmountable, climate change presents an opportunity for communities to reimagine existing systems to create more resilient and livable communities – one that not only mitigates and adapts to climate change, but also addresses entrenched social and economic issues.
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.