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2009 Environmental Excellence Awards

For Excellence in Air Quality Improvement and Global Climate Change: California Regional Blueprint Program: California Regional Blueprint Program

Agencies Awarded

California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

Governor's Office of Planning and Research

California Department of Housing and Community Development

Caltrans, in coordination with the Governor's Office of Planning and Research and the California Department of Housing and Community Development, oversees the California Regional Blueprint Program to encourage sustainable growth on a regional scale. The program provides funds for voluntary regional sustainable growth-planning efforts that emphasize transportation and scenario-planning activities. Participating MPOs and RTPAs engage in visualization and scenario planning with extensive public participation. Regional agencies then use this planning process to create and implement a Regional Blueprint Plan, which integrates transportation, environment, housing, and other key regional issues into a preferred-growth scenario. The outcome-based goals of each Regional Blueprint planning process include reducing emissions of greenhouse gases from mobile sources, integrating environmental concerns into regional planning, linking transportation and housing needs at a regional level, building interagency partnerships, and creating proactive public involvement. The Regional Blueprint Program is an innovative policy solution to encouraging sustainable growth and combating global climate change.

Project Contributors:

Management and staff of Caltrans

Management and staff of Governor's
Office of Planning and Research
California Department of Housing and
Community Development, and several sister agencies
Executive Directors and staff of participating
Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and Regional
Transportation Planning Agencies (RTPAs)
University of California
Many supportive nongovernmental organizations,
foundations, and private-sector partners

Two photos: Blueprint regional map, people at the Shasta Onward Panel Discussion

Updated: 10/25/2012
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