Legislation & Regulations


State Legislation/Regulations

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Assembly Bill 32: Global Warming Solutions Act AB 32 requires California to lower greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

AB 32 Scoping Plan Approved by the Air Resources Board (2011), the Scoping Plan provides the outline for actions to reduce California’s GHG emissions, as required in AB32.

Assembly Bill 341: Mandatory Commercial Recycling Businesses and public entities that generate four cubic yards or more of waste per week and multifamily dwellings with five or more units are required to recycle.

Senate Bill 375 Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act Requires Air Resources Board to develop regional greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for passenger vehicles, for 2020 and 2035 for each of the State’s 18 Metropolitan Planning Organization regions.

Executive Order S-3-05 Established greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for California: By 2020, reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels and By 2050, reduce GHG emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels.

Cap-and-Trade Program A key component of AB32 that regulates major sources of GHG emissions in the State such as refineries, power plants, industrial facilities, and transportation fuels, through an enforceable GHG cap that will decline over time.​​

Prop 39: California Clean Jobs Energy Act Provides up to $550 million annually to the Clean Energy Job Creation Fund, for five fiscal years beginning with the 2013-14 fiscal year for various energy efficiency-related grant programs.

Assembly Bill 1358: Complete Streets Act ​Requires that when any county or city updates or revises their general plan’s circulation element, they include plans for multi-modal network. In December 2010, the Governor’s Office of Planning & Research, issued general plan update guidelines​ for implementing the provisions of AB 1358.​


Local Legislation/Regulations

Learn about Clean Building Standards and Cal-Adapt.

2010 California Green Building Standards CalGreen Building Code - The nation’s first Green Building Code, with mandatory requirements for improving the sustainability of ALL building types.

CalAdapt - The Cal-Adapt Web site synthesizes California climate change scenarios and climate impact research, to encourage use of the data by local planners and  decision-makers in local plans.