August 2, 2015

California is ahead of the curve in the imperative to #ActOnClimate, and now you can see it.

Introducing ClimateBenefitsCA.org, the only place where you can see how communities around the state are turning cap-and-trade funding into solutions to our biggest environmental, social, and economic issues. This map took us months to create, and we’re so excited to share it with you now!

Go to ClimateBenefitsCA.org for the story of how cap-and-trade funding will be transforming places like Stockton, and search the map to see what’s in store for your own city, legislative district, and county.

California’s cap-and-trade program is improving people’s lives across the state...

See for yourself!

MORE THIS MONTH

HONORING DEB HUBSMITH

Deb Hubsmith has not only touched many lives, she has saved many too. As the leader of the Safe Routes to School movement, Deb has led the movement to make our communities safer for our kids to get out of cars and get active. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Deb, and are inspired by her spirit, tenacity, and boundless enthusiasm that she carries with her even as she battles cancer.

Read more about Deb and all she's done on behalf of our communities

HOW DO YOU WANT YOUR TAX DOLLARS SPENT?

Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) wants YOUR input on the future of Santa Clara County. How do you think the sales tax measure proposed for the 2016 ballot should fund public transportation, improve public health, increase access to opportunity, and make the region a healthier and safer place to live? 

Fill out our survey to weigh in on how you want your tax dollars spent, and learn how you can get more involved in the process to shape the future of a healthy, sustainable, and vibrant Silicon Valley.

Take our survey today

MTC CONFIRMS OPTIMIZED HOT IS THE WAY TO GO ON HIGHWAY 101

Moving more people with less traffic – it sounds almost too good to be true. But for the past few years TransForm has been convinced that it’s possible with an approach we call Optimized HOT. Now, a new analysis by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) shows that for Highway 101 in San Mateo County, Optimized HOT can be done sooner, have less traffic, cost less, and move more people with less pollution than the current plan.

Read our summary of MTC's analysis

TRANSFORM AND BART MAKE HEADLINES

BART’s repeated breakdowns are big news. So who do reporters call to get the scoop? TransForm. Last month, acting Executive Director Jeff Hobson and Regional Planning Director Joel Ramos shared our perspectives on the 43-year old system’s growing pains with local media outlets. After reading their comments in the San Francisco Business Times and Contra Costa Times, we bet you’ll agree that it’s past time to save BART.

Take action for a better BART

WILL WE SEE YOU IN OCTOBER?

We can’t wait to see you at our 2nd LIVE Awards + Benefiton Thursday, October 29. Join us in celebrating the achievements of Mary Nichols, Chairman of the California Air Resources Board, and Vien Troung, National Director of Green For All. We'll provide the food, drink, and fun - you bring the party shoes! You'll also learn how you can invest in TransForm’s future. 

Many thanks to our sponsors: Bay Area Air Quality Management, BART, BRIDGE Housing, car2go, Kittelson & Associates, Lyft, Martin Building Company, Panoramic Interests, and PYATOK.

Make your calendar - registration opens September 8

MAKING HISTORY IN ALAMEDA

On Tuesday, June 16, something unexpected happened in the City of Alameda. Thanks to decades of work from local housing advocates (and TransForm’s GreenTRIP program), the city council’s opinion on building new homes has changed from “not in my backyard” to “yes – and lots of them!” Learn more about the unanimous approval of Alameda’s new development, Alameda Point, and why it’s making housing history.

Read more about Alameda Point

BEN'S ROAD TO TRANSPORTATION ACTIVISM

In 2012, Ben Pacho was a student at De Anza Community College in Cupertino. Now he attends Columbia University and works as an intern with the U.S. Department of Transportation. What inspired Ben to work to bring better transportation choices to his community, and country?

Learn what (and who) helped shape Ben's path

NEW REPORT: HOW SAN DIEGO'S TRANSPORTATION CAN GO EVEN FATHER

San Diego has taken a lot of strides in transforming its city into a more walkable, bike-friendly, and public transit-accessible place to live. That’s why we need to keep the pressure on SANDAG, San Diego’s regional planning agency, to continue planning for a more sustainable future with great transportation choices for everyone. TransForm’s Ryan Wiggins and Stuart Cohen co-authored this latest report on how SANDAG can do just do that.

Read more on San Diego's progress for better transportation for all

WE DID IT - THANKS TO YOU! 

With your help, we hit 4000 likes Facebook likes last month. THANK YOU! But we’re not stopping there – next up is 5000 likes. 

“Like” us for the latest news and perspectives on social justice, transportation, affordable homes, and urban planning. Plus photos and more! If you’re already following us on Facebook, share what you like with a friend.

Everyone can help us hit 5k!