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State to Builders: Go Urban, or Go Home

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Building "green" just isn't enough anymore. As the ice caps melt, the ridiculous gas prices rise, and the Al Gore crusades, many California residents and policy makers think it time to plan "green," too. A new state plan made public last week targets America's public enemies, automotive transportation and suburban sprawl; it calls for a 30% reduction of state carbon emissions by 2020, and encourages cities to improve transit infrastructure while increasing the development of established urban areas. Besides the abstract promise of reduced greenhouse emissions, what incentive do cities and developers have to change their long-held policies and practices? More money, and an easier approval process, of course. How else to sway developers' minds?
· Discouraging driving crucial in warming battle [SF Gate]
· New Planning Director for SF: Climate Change [Curbed SF]

[image via Architecture 2030]