The City of San Bernardino is in the process of creating a Sustainability Master Plan (SMP). A SMP is comprised of measures that, when implemented, will enable the City to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from City operations and the community. The strategies within the SMP cover a variety of sectors: land use, transportation, waste, water, and green infrastructure.

This project is being funded through the City’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG). The SMP is being developed with assistance from planning and design consultants, AECOM. Click SMP Draft to review the current document.

California has long been a leader in sustainability activities, as illustrated by Governor Schwarzenegger signing Executive Order S-3-05 in 2005, recognizing California’s vulnerability to reduced snowpack, exacerbation of air quality problems, and potential sea-level rise due to a changing climate. To address these concerns, the Executive Order established targets to reduce GHG emissions to 2000 levels by 2010, to 1990 levels by 2020, and to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

In 2006, California became the first State to adopt a GHG reduction target through Assembly Bill (AB) 32. This Bill requires California to reduce statewide emission to 1990 levels by 2020. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels means cutting approximately 30 percent from business-as-usual emissions levels projected for 2020, or about 15 percent from today?s levels. AB 32 resulted in the production of a Scoping Plan, approved in 2008, which outlines the State?s plan on how it will achieve the emissions reductions through a mixture of direct regulations, alternative compliance mechanisms, a range of different types of incentives, voluntary actions, market based mechanisms and an AB32 program implementation regulation to fund the program.

AB 32 resulted in several pieces of companion legislation that will assist the City of San Bernardino in reducing its GHG emissions. For example:

  • AB 1493 establishes performance standards for GHG emission reductions from motor vehicles.
  • Executive Order (EO)-S-1-07 establishes performance standards for the carbon intensity of transportation fuels.
  • Senate Bill (SB) 107 establishes performance standards for GHG emission reductions from electric utilities.
  • SB 7 sets out a water use reduction target and AB 811 facilitates alternative financing mechanisms for energy efficiency and renewable energy installations.
  • SB 375 enhances California’s ability to reach the goals of AB 32 by promoting good planning with the goal of more sustainable communities. SB 375 requires the California Air Resource Board to develop regional greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for passenger vehicles. It also requires each of California?s Metropolitan Planning Organizations to prepare a “sustainable communities strategy” that demonstrates how the region will meet its greenhouse gas reduction target through integrated land use, housing and transportation planning.

Up to date progress and details on all legislation and actions supporting AB 32 implementation can be found on the California Air Resource Board website.

The City will only estimate the GHG emission reductions associated with AB 1493 and EO-S-1-07 at this time. In the future, as the regulatory framework surrounding AB 32 grows, it may be possible to evaluate a wider range of statewide reductions.