Sacramento Region Greenhouse Gas Reduction Pilot Program

Green Means Go Logo Green Means Go is a multi-year pilot program to lower greenhouse gas emissions in the six-county Sacramento region by accelerating infill development, reducing vehicle trips, and electrifying remaining trips. Local jurisdictions will designate Green Zones, in which they must take specific actions to promote infill development and reduce existing barriers and provide new transportation options. State funding is needed to help implement these actions and further incentivize local development and housing production. Green Zones, in a partnership of state funding and local government action, create areas targeted for infill and compact development, increasing housing and transportation options and promoting shorter, fewer, and cleaner vehicle trips.

Green Zones:

  • Established by local jurisdictions; must have infill capacity, be in an area planned for intensification, and in a SACOG identified center/corridor or established community
  • Transit providers may work with a city or county to establish a Transit Green Zone within the city/county’s Green Zone
  • Jurisdictions must make targeted actions in Green Zones in at least one of the three program areas to qualify for funding

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Pilot Program Background

In March 2018, the California Air Resources Board established new SB 375 greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets for the SACOG region. The region’s target for a 19 percent reduction by 2035 is conditional on the implementation of a new pilot program in the Sustainable Communities Strategy that addresses specific conditions and challenges relating to GHG emission reductions. If SACOG and the state do not secure funding and related policy commitments, CARB will reduce SACOG’s target to 18 percent.