Sacramento Transportation and Air Quality Collaborative
The Sacramento Transportation and Air Quality Collaborative (Collaborative) is a diverse group of 100 citizens working together to solve the transportation and related air pollution problems of the Sacramento countywide area. The Collaborative participants come from all walks of life and represent businesses, the environment, public agencies, community groups, underserved populations and local neighborhood areas. Initiated and sponsored by eleven public agencies (see bottom of page), the Collaborative is charged with developing a series of recommendations for Stakeholder Boards’ review, discussion and ultimate adoption.
The problems associated with transportation and air quality are highly complex, contentious and intertwined with challenging issues such as land use. These issues cannot be confined to or solved by any one government entity and require cooperative solutions that have the support of the area’s public agencies and the many communities and citizens they serve. These realities provided the impetus for the Collaborative.
Elements of a Potential Agreement Framed by the 4 Core Values
(from Progress Report, Summer 2004, p. 15)
The Center for Collaborative Policy has provided facilitation, mediation, strategic planning, and policy development services to the Collaborative from its inception in 2002. Modeled after the successful Sacramento Area Water Forum mediated by the Center, the Collaborative has a five- year work plan.
To date, the Collaborative has completed a thorough Education and Visioning Stage, with Issues and Interest Statements developed by all participants, and forged consensus on a series of Common Understandings and nineteen Elements of a Successful Solution (see graphic above). The Preliminary Draft of the Agreements-in-Principle document was released in November 2004. As of Spring 2005, the Collaborative is hard at work determining their areas of consensus based on the Agreements-in-Principle document.
Links to Written Products of the Collaborative
Education and Visioning Stage
- Primers: http://www.sactaqc.org/Resources/primers.htm
- Work Plan: http://www.sactaqc.org/Resources/E&V_Outline.htm
- Indicators & Scenarios: http://www.sactaqc.org/Visioning.htm
Issues and Interest Statements http://www.sactaqc.org/issuesinterests.htm
Participant's Problem Statement http://www.sactaqc.org/Resources/Negotiation/Progress_Report.pdf
Elements of a Successful Solution http://www.sactaqc.org/Resources/Negotiation/Progress_Report.pdf
Progress Report, Summer 2004 http://www.sactaqc.org/Resources/Negotiation/Progress_Report.pdf
Preliminary Draft Agreements in Principle, November 2004
Collaborative Sponsoring Public Agencies: Cities of Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Rancho Cordova, and Sacramento; County of Sacramento; Sacramento Air Quality Management District; Sacramento Area Council of Governments; Sacramento Regional Transit, Sacramento Transportation Authority; and California Department of Transportation.