SCAG Approves Phase I Sustainability Projects

The Southern California Association of Government’s Regional Council approved over $2 million dollars in sustainability planning grants at yesterday’s Regional Council meeting. While this in itself is impressive, what is more amazing is that cities and counties in the region applied for over $10 million in funding. This huge demand for sustainability planning dollars speaks volumes to the success of the 2012 RTP/SCS process in raising the importance of greenhouse gas reductions, public health and active transportation as  majors issue in Southern California. SCAG plans to fund the remainder of the projects that were applied for in this years call for projects in future grant cycles and by seeking additional state and federal funding.

The National Partnership was particularly happy to see a number of Active Transportation plans and Complete Streets policies included in the successful applications.  These included SRTS planning in Imperial County, a complete streets plan for Santa Ana, and Bicycle Plan Performance Evaluation for the City of Los Angeles.

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