Regional Climate Sustainability

As our region continues to grow, so does the need for regional collaboration and local action to improve the quality of life through cleaner and healthier initiatives. These initiatives could take form in a multitude of ways, such as more walkable communities through the increase of pedestrian and bike friendly infrastructure, expanding transit opportunities to connect more communities throughout the region, incorporating renewable energy options in both new and existing structures, tree planting programs and more. Through this regional partnership, we can work together to forge new pathways in environmental stewardship that benefits every community in our region.

Regional Plans

Planning for Climate Resiliency

Centralina is helping member governments and partners develop shared strategies to plan for and achieve low-cost reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, create economic growth and job creation to foster a low carbon economy and see substantial public health co-benefits. Ultimately efforts focus on successfully accessing $4.6 billion in implementation grant funds designed to support local needs and priorities. If your organizational priorities can be supported by these funds, it is imperative that you be engaged with our region’s planning work – projects must be included in our region’s Priority Climate Action Plan to be eligible.

Key Deliverables

Our first step was to create a Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) that includes a baseline of greenhouse gas emissions and short-term reduction strategies. 


Priority Climate Action Plan - March 2024


Comprehensive Climate Action Plan - Summer 2025


Status Report - Summer 2027

Sustainability Focus Areas (Priority Measures)

Regional stakeholders identified over 100 examples of implementation-ready project ideas that were categorized into seven focus areas or “priority measures” that will be the priority when pursuing implementation grant funding.

  1. Alternative Transportation: Reduce single-occupancy vehicle miles traveled and promote alternative transportation, such as transit, walking,
    or biking and take actions toward reforming local land use policies to support these activities in the long-term.
  2. Decarbonized Buildings & Facilities: Modernize building technologies and systems that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with construction, operation and maintenance of buildings and facilities.
  3. Clean Fleets & Infrastructure: Transition fossil fuel vehicles to electric and other alternative fuel and clean vehicle technologies and create the infrastructure to support the operation of these vehicles, reduce congestion and improve the efficiency and safety of the region’s transportation system.
  4. Renewable Energy & Storage Systems: Promote the use of renewable energy and the appropriate energy storage technologies.
  5. Trees & Greenspaces: Increase the number of trees and greenspaces to sequester GHG emissions and provide important community benefits and reform local land use policies to support these activities.
  6. Waste Diversion: Redirect waste away from landfills and incineration by way of waste reduction, recycling and
  7. Sustainable Food Production & Distribution: Incorporate local food sourcing, more efficient supply chains and sustainable food production practices that increase.

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