Scale It: SB 1072

Scale It: SB 1072

Last week, I wrote about our work in Stockton collaborating with the city and local community groups to create the building blocks for a more resilient Stockton, using funds made available by California’s climate laws. I mentioned that SB 1072 (Leyva) holds the key to helping other communities build capacity and sustainability locally. This week, I want to share more about SB 1072, a bill that we’re co-sponsoring this year along with the Trust for Public Land. SB 1072 would build out and scale up the capacity building and technical assistance infrastructure needed in California’s most impacted communities. For many communities like Stockton across the state, the process of getting…
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Build It: Sustainability Planning in Stockton

Build It: Sustainability Planning in Stockton

Here in California, we  devote at least 35 percent of funds collected from polluting industry to communities most impacted by poverty and pollution. Those resources have been used to plant trees, build affordable housing near transit, install solar and more in communities across California. Our recent work in Stockton taught us a lot about community planning to make those funds really work to promote sustainability. In Stockton, the city and community are beginning a year-long community engagement process this summer to identify key local sustainability priorities. Funded through the Transformative Climate Communities Planning Grant, Stockton is one of ten grant recipients from across the state that are embarking on planning…
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Closing the Climate Gap: Capacity Building, Technical Assistance and SB 1072

Closing the Climate Gap: Capacity Building, Technical Assistance and SB 1072

Something amazing is happening in California. We’re charging polluters for the pollution they cause and putting that money to work in our communities planting street trees, connecting affordable housing to clean public transit, installing solar and more. But in some places, very little of this is happening at all. THE CHALLENGE: Communities That Most Need Transformative Investments Can’t Get Them Over the last several years, communities burdened by poverty and pollution have been prioritized for polluter fund investments. While recent data show that almost all impacted communities in the State have received investments, many of the most severely under-resourced communities still struggle to achieve real transformative impact.   One big…
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Fight Climate Change & Join the Clean Energy Revolution with the UpLift Resource Finder

Fight Climate Change & Join the Clean Energy Revolution with the UpLift Resource Finder

Something amazing is happening in California. California has taken bold steps to act on climate change, including regulations to cut our carbon consumption and charging polluters for the carbon that they emit. We put that money from polluters into a fund called the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) where it goes to work promoting the clean energy economy in communities across the state. What’s not amazing is that the infrastructure that California has created is enormously complex and hard to understand, even for someone like me whose job it is to track this stuff. And for the everyday renter, community-based group or local city planner, it can be dizzying to…
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Carbon Revenues Spike: What’s Next for Climate Investments?

Carbon Revenues Spike: What’s Next for Climate Investments?

Let’s talk carbon policy and equity outcomes for low income Californians and communities of color.  This November, the fourth quarterly carbon market auction of 2017 sold out of carbon allowances, with allowances going for the highest prices in the system’s history (though at $15/ton, still modest compared to the social cost of carbon). Buoyed by the extension of cap-and-trade until 2030, the November auction raised over $860 million for the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, which finances projects to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) and deliver environmental, health and economic benefits to communities. CLICK TO TWEET: Polluters paid in #California & revenues are up! Here are some ideas from @Greenlining’s @eminwang how…
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Urban Forestry Brings Greener, Cleaner, Healthier Neighborhoods

Urban Forestry Brings Greener, Cleaner, Healthier Neighborhoods

What could your community do with $60,000 for tree planting? Late last week, California ReLeaf and CAL FIRE announced $550,000 in grant awards to urban forestry and greening projects throughout California. This means $550,000 to plant nearly 2,000 trees, grow gardens and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in some of our hottest, least tree-lined communities. Growing up in Brooklyn, I have lots of love for the concrete jungle. And the best kinds of concrete jungles are those lined with street trees that clean the air and provide shade — street trees that make you want to walk around the ‘hood and sit on your stoop. Thanks to the funding collected from polluting…
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Addressing the Climate Gap: California Legislature Delivers for Frontline Communities

Addressing the Climate Gap: California Legislature Delivers for Frontline Communities

2016 is proving to be a monster year for California climate policy, and for environmental justice wins powered by people of color. Over the past decade, AB 32 (Pavley) and SB 535 (De León) set the benchmark for transformative environmental policy, setting a bold target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and requiring that at least 25 percent of the revenue collected from polluting industries go to projects that benefit “disadvantaged communities” (communities most impacted by pollution and poverty). Implementing these policies, California has begun to clean our air and invest in frontline communities, while experiencing economic growth as the sixth largest economy in the world. Last week, California stepped up…
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