A White Paper on the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC) Program
Initiated in Fiscal Year 2014-15, the State of California’s Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC) is an important step toward reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by farmland conversion to urban and suburban uses. At the same time SALC can potentially help catalyze implementation of Sustainable Communities Strategies (SCSs) and improved local land use planning and practice in California. This white paper explores approaches to strengthen SALC in 2016 and future years to meet both sets of goals.
The main recommendations address the following:
- Opportunities for Improving Project-Level Evaluation of GHG Reductions
- Opportunities for Optimizing Program Design and Impact
- Opportunities for Achieving Complementary Goals of Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) and SALC
Overall, SALC should be viewed as a long-term investment in more sustainable local land use planning and practice in California, one that can be augmented and improved over time.
Download the full report here.