Active Transportation Strategies in San Bernardino County Regional GHG Emissions Inventories and Reduction Plan

SANBAG GHG Reduction PlanThe San Bernardino Associated Governments released their Draft San Bernardino County Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan (Plan) in June 2013 and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in November 2013. Documents viewable here. Comments on the Plan’s EIR are due Thursday, December 19th to jlee@sanbag.ca.gov.

In the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Plan appendix, cities selected specific “on-road” strategies to decrease vehicle miles traveled in their jurisdictions. These strategies support the implementation of the 2012 SCAG Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategies (RTP/SCS). This Plan and the strategies listed are opportunities for stakeholders and leaders to work with cities to develop walkable, bikeable and sustainable communities.r.

According to the Air Quality Management District (AQMD), changes in land use and location strategies can yield up to 30% VMT and GHG reductions, including increasing density, diversifying urban and suburban developments (mixed use), making a destination more accessible to bicycle, pedestrian and transit and improving design of development. Active transportation is also part of strategies in neighborhood/site enhancements, parking policies and commute trip reduction programs.

The San Bernardino County Active Transportation Network drafted a letter to support the Plan and applaud the collaborative efforts conducted by SANBAG and cities staff, read letter here.

From the Plan’s Executive Summary:

In 2006, the California legislature passed Assembly Bill (AB) 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. The law establishes a limit on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the state of California to reduce state‐wide emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The law directed the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to develop a plan (AB 32 Scoping Plan) that charts a path towards the GHG reduction goal using all technologically feasible and cost effective means. The Scoping Plan recommends that California cities and counties seek to reduce their GHG emissions consistent with statewide reductions. Senate Bill (SB) 375, passed in 2008, requires regional transportation planning to promote reductions in passenger and light duty vehicle GHG emissions.

In response to these initiatives, an informal project partnership, led by the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG), is cooperating in compiling an inventory of GHG emissions and an evaluation of reduction measures that could be adopted by the 21 Partnership Cities of San Bernardino County. For the purposes of this report, this group is referred to as the San Bernardino Associated Governments and Participating San Bernardino County Cities Partnership (Partnership).

The Partnership has committed to undertake the following actions that will reduce GHG emissions associated with its regional (or countywide) activities as a whole.

  1. Prepare a current year (2008) GHG emissions inventory for each of the 21 Partnership cities in the county.
  2. Prepare a future year (2020) GHG emissions forecast for each of the cities.
  3. Develop a tool for each city to develop its municipal inventory (i.e., emissions due only to the city’s municipal operations and sometimes referred to as municipal inventory) and municipal reduction plan.
  4. Develop GHG reduction measures and city selection of measures appropriate for each jurisdiction.
  5. Develop consistent baseline information for jurisdictions to use for their development of community climate action plans (CAPs) meeting jurisdiction‐identified reduction goals. By working in a collaborative manner on these goals, the cities aim to more effectively address emissions from activities that are affected or influenced by the region as a whole.

The 21 Partnership cities participating in this study are Adelanto, Big Bear Lake, Chino, Chino Hills, Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Hesperia, Highland, Loma Linda, Montclair, Needles, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino, Twentynine Palms, Victorville, Yucaipa, and Yucca Valley.

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