Clean Economy

Overview

A clean environment is the cornerstone of livability. For public and private entities, that means implementing environmentally sustainable practices. Valley Vision has a strong legacy of work in the Clean Economy – the sector of the economy that produces or supports goods and services that provide an environmental benefit.

Valley Vision has defined the route to get there:

  • Identify clean technologies that exceed climate goals
  • Promote compact, mixed-use development
  • Assess investment strategies for a clean economy
  • Improve air quality and economic growth
  • Support greenhouse gas reduction
    • Our objective is to reduce carbon emissions through multiple regional strategies, meeting or exceeding state greenhouse gas emission reduction goals to adapt to climate change.

      Our Metric: The capital region will reduce carbon emissions 7% below 2005 levels by 2020 and 16% below 2005 levels by 2035.

      • Establish increased awareness and shared commitment of air quality issues and grow the network of clean air stakeholders, including public and private entities.
      • Increase Climate Action Plan implementation activities in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.
      • Increase the region’s standing in clean innovation activities through supporting and promoting clean technologies.
    • By working to preserve natural systems, establish environmental sustainability, and actively clean the environment, the region’s residents benefit by improved health and a higher quality of life.

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Featured Projects

CLEANER AIR PARTNERSHIP

The Cleaner Air Partnership (CAP) is a unique collaboration between Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails, the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Valley Vision. The three organizations team up to improve the Sacramento region’s air quality with a geographic …

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GREEN COMMUNITIES

Governor Jerry Brown set a statewide goal of doubling the energy efficiency of existing buildings and procuring 50 percent of California’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030.  Local governments have been tasked with fulfilling the …

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UC DAVIS TRANSPORTATION PLAN OF TOMORROW

UC Davis has a long history of leadership on transportation. Early world-class investments in campus bike facilities and the citywide Unitrans bus system have led to impressive rates of bicycling and transit use, particularly among …

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Blogs

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Sacramento Takes Next Step on Solar

Sacramento has taken a significant leap forward in establishing itself not only as a driving force in California’s commitment to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, but also in highlighting Sacramento’s capability and true potential behind …

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Seven Questions with SMUD CEO Arlen Orchard

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has been Sacramento County’s publicly owned, not-for-profit electric service since 1946. We recently sat down with Valley Vision board member Arlen Orchard, the CEO and General Manager of SMUD, to talk Cap-and-Trade, …

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Sacramento Designated Electrify America’s First “Green City”

A major win for clean air advocates and all Sacramentans – late last month, Sacramento was designated the first ‘Green City’ by Electrify America, a Volkswagen (VW) subsidiary with a mission to power electric mobility …

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