First of Its Kind, SB 1072 Levels the Playing Field for Underresourced Communities

Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Director, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – Last night, with climate leaders from around the world, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed first-of-its-kind legislation designed to level the playing field for disadvantaged communities seeking funding for climate change and clean energy projects funded either by California Climate Investments or other sources. Signed along with a group of other climate bills during the Global Climate Action Summit, SB 1072 was authored by Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino) and cosponsored by The Greenlining Institute and the Trust for Public Land.

“This bill represents a unique effort to build the capacity of local communities to participate in the clean energy economy,” said Greenlining Institute Environmental Equity Manager Emi Wang, who led Greenlining’s efforts in support of the bill. “Low-income communities of color that most urgently need the help often struggle to compete with larger, wealthier communities. SB 1072 levels the playing field.”

Greenlining Environmental Equity Director Alvaro Sanchez, who has been attending the Global Climate Action Summit, noted, “Leaders from developing nations asked for both investments and capacity-building at the Summit, just like we’ve been hearing loud and clear in our own backyard. While California has lots of room to improve our fight against climate change, efforts like this can continue our state’s global leadership in fighting climate change while working to ensure fair treatment of underresourced communities.

“We want to thank Sen. Leyva as well as Assembly co-authors Eloise Reyes and Lorena Gonzales-Fletcher along with Gov. Jerry Brown for helping to ensure that no part of California is left behind in our transition to a clean energy future.”


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