Greenlining views the American Jobs Plan as an opportunity to revitalize and strengthen our country’s infrastructure to ensure that it works for everyone, regardless of their race, income, class, or zip code. To maximize the American Jobs Plan’s potential, our policy teams have compiled a letter of racial equity principles and recommendations that are based on California’s leading strategies for addressing disinvestment, climate change, and structural racism. Greenlining would like to see similar equity-centered programs replicated and scaled up across the nation in order to implement the American Jobs Plan.
The California Environmental Justice Alliance, Leadership Counsel for Justice & Accountability filed an Opening Brief before the California Public Utilities Commission requesting emergency energy debt relief to ensure all Californians impacted by COVID-19 can continue accessing life-sustaining services like electricity during the ongoing public health crisis.
The Just Recovery Network (APEN, Greenlining, SCOPE and California ReLead) developed an advocacy letter for an equitable Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. Our organizations are working to secure funding for critical community resilience-building programs, such as the Transformative Climate Communities program, Low-income Weatherization, and Urban and Community Forestry.
The Just Recovery Network (APEN, Greenlining, SCOPE and California ReLeaf) developed a Support if Amended letter for AB 1500, The Safe Drinking Water, Wildfire Prevention, Drought Preparation, Flood Protection, Extreme Heat Mitigation, and Workforce Development Bond Act of 2022. Our letter includes specific and detailed language recommendations for our climate equity priorities that can help build climate resilience in low-income communities of color that are hit hardest by climate impacts.
Due to the devastating and disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on low-income and communities of color, Greenlining joins a coalition of direct service providers, grassroots activists and consumer advocates in asking for $2 billion dollars in emergency utility customer debt relief. Hundreds of thousands of Californians face a mountain of electricity debt they cannot afford that may result in the loss of utility service. We need action now.
In the wake of COVID-19 and increasingly severe and frequent climate disasters, the Just Recovery Network (APEN, SCOPE, Greenlining and California ReLeaf) developed a letter of recommendations for the legislature that strongly encourages the development of a climate resilience bond proposal that meets a triple bottom line of centering equity, meeting community climate resiliency needs and creating genuine economic opportunity, particularly for frontline communities. Each of the equity-centered programs we recommend for bond investments have environmental, racial, and social co-benefits.
The California Environmental Justice Alliance, Leadership Counsel for Justice & Accountability filed comments before the California Public Utilities Commission requesting emergency energy debt relief to ensure all Californians impacted by COVID-19 can continue accessing life-sustaining services like electricity during the ongoing public health crisis.
Greenlining and Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability filed comments to ensure the CPUC protects access to electricity and grants debt relief for low-income households and disadvantaged communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic recession.
The Commission must fulfill its moral obligation and statutory mission to offer just and reasonable rates and affordable energy services to all Californians. In light of the devastating public health and economic crises of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission must not, under any circumstance, allow utilities to disconnect or otherwise financially injure vulnerable households during or in the aftermath of the public health emergency. In designing and implementing utility debt policy solutions during the pandemic, the Commission must “promote the safety, health, comfort, and convenience…[of] the public” and ensure that debt relief is equitable.
A Just COVID-19 Response & Recovery to Support Resilient Communities
Recommendations for Governor Newsom's Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery
More than 100 organizations support a comprehensive set of principles and specific equity-centered recommendations that advance public health, economic opportunity, and climate resilience for Environmental Justice communities in response to COVID-19 and climate change. The Greenlining Institute in coalition with APEN, SCOPE, California ReLeaf, and other partners developed and submitted the letter to the Governor's Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery and plan on sharing it with the governor's office and other key decision makers in the legislature and administration.
Task Force Recommendations for Office of Racial Equity
California must establish a statewide Office of Racial Equity to help the State practice equity, turning our commitment into actionable equity strategies in our immediate response to the crisis, in our recovery efforts, and as the world reshapes the global economy.
Task Force Recommendations to Support Safe Transportation
Task Force Recommendations for Bond Proposal
In the wake of COVID-19, we strongly encourage the development of a bond proposal that meets a triple bottom line of (1) creating genuine economic stimulus, (2) meeting community climate resiliency needs, and (3) centering equity to support communities hit hardest by COVID-19 and climate change. These recommendations included are for equitable investments and projects that will support communities hit hardest by COVID-19 and climate change.
Task Force Recommendations to Close the Digital Divide
The COVID-19 pandemic emphasizes how differential access to essential services like robust broadband can seriously disadvantage low-income families. The solutions we offer can immediately help bridge this digital divide and also protect consumers, accelerate California’s clean energy efforts, improve health outcomes, drive investment in unserved and underserved communities, and most of all, create jobs in communities that need them most.
Task Force Recommendations for Mapping Platform to Identify Vulnerable Populations
This recommendation lays the groundwork to protect California’s most vulnerable populations from climate change by requiring the development of an integrated climate vulnerability mapping platform to help identify communities most vulnerable to climate threats.
The Greenlining Institute calls upon Congress to pass a 4th stimulus package with health and racial equity considerations. Relief should be prioritized to safety net hospitals and clinics that serve a high number of low-income and uninsured patients. Health systems that receive funding should be required to 1) provide free COVID-19 testing to low-income and uninsured patients, 2) collect and report racial and ethinic demographic data to State public health departments for transparency and accountability, and 3) prioritize screening and resources for domestic violence.