Sustainable Neighborhoods

SB 375 Implementation

In collaboration with partners across the state, we work to ensure that implementation of SB 375 (the land use and transportation component of California’s climate change legislation) promotes health equity and directs investments to low-income communities and communities of color. 

Active Transportation

We are working to implement the state’s new Active Transportation Program, which will invest in walking and bicycling infrastructure and Safe Routes to Schools, and commits to spending 25 percent of the program funds on projects that benefit disadvantaged communities.

Oakland Focus

We are working to improve our local community around our Oakland-based headquarters in a number of ways:

  • We are evaluating and proposing best practices related to a proposed Bus Rapid Transit line along International Boulevard. This work includes research into current investments by local community development corporations, industries, and affordable housing near the corridor, and research into how similar projects across the country have ensured that businesses owned by women and people of color are protected throughout development.
  • As part of our work with the City of Oakland on its Impact Plan and development strategy, we are providing guidance to the Oakland Business Development Center on developing an equitable lending strategy to create jobs and invest in more businesses owned by women and people of color.
  • We are also working with the City of Oakland to develop a new housing policy framework to increase affordable housing in the city, including best practices research into what other cities around the country have done to address the foreclosure crisis.

State Agency Advocacy

We advocate for stronger state guidance and legal frameworks to improve health outcomes through planning practices, including helping to shape General Plan Guidelines for regions to promote ways in which health equity can be more prominent in general planning in CA, and working to ensure that Strategic Growth Council awards are targeted to low-income communities, including disadvantaged unincorporated communities and urban neighborhoods.

We work with California state agencies, including the California Office of Planning and Research and Strategic Growth Council, to recommend equitable guidance principles for local and municipal planning organizations, leverage agencies' grantmaking power to incentivize equitable development projects, and ensure that Sustainable Community Strategies—mandated by California SB 375 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by aligning transportation, land use, and housing interests—provide investment in low-income communities and communities of color and expand access to transportation, education, and economic opportunities.