The movement to adopt green general plans is in large part driven by key state policies, goals, and plans such as Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32), Senate Bill 375 (SB 375), and the California Public Utilities Commission's Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. California’s numerous sustainability policies range from voluntary initiatives to mandatory regulation, and from minimum standards to reach goals. Due to the complexity of California regulations, local governments may be unclear on what actions are required or recommended, and when they need to be undertaken.
The table below provides a summary of some of the most important state sustainability policies, indicating their alignment with the five key sustainability principles. For a more complete treatment of this complex topic, see the California Sustainability Alliance Smart Growth Toolkit (to be released shortly).