CRA Q&A Comments

Recently, Greenlining submitted formal comments responding to the FDIC, Fed, and OCC’s proposed revisions to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Q&A. The CRA Q&A is used to guide banks on how to structure CRA investments; and examiners on how to analyze these and other activities.

Greenlining’s comments included: a push to improve measurements for how banks meet community financial needs; adding racial and ethnic data to CRA; and including language access as a method for increasing access to financial services.

Attached please find formal comments submitted on November 10, 2014.

To read the comments, click here.

Consumer Groups Ask Ninth Circuit to Block FCC Broadband Order Downgrading Rural America

The Greenlining Institute, The Utility Reform Network, and National Association of State Utility Advocates, filed a Petition for Review with the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The petition asks the court to reverse and vacate the Federal Communications Commission’s November Order rolling back the agency’s consumer protections for Americans on legacy copper phone lines.

Comments: California Air Resources Board Must Adopt a Stronger Advanced Clean Truck Rule

The California Air Resources Board Must Adopt a Stronger Advanced Clean Truck Rule

Greenlining supports a stronger Advanced Clean Truck rule standard. As it stands, the ACT proposal would result in zero-emission trucks comprising four percent of California’s trucks by 2030; this is an insufficient standard and will fail to address the imminent, severe climate and public health consequences our state faces. We urge the California Air Resources Board to strengthen its proposal through the following mandates:

  1. Increasing the overall mandates to ensure that by 2030 no less than 15 percent of medium and heavy-duty trucks on the road are zero-emitting.
  2. Including Class 2b pickup trucks in the mandates beginning in 2024.
  3. Outlining CARB's longer-term objectives for achieving 100 percent zero-emission trucks in various categories, and explaining how this phase of the rule is consistent with those objectives in attaining federal and state air quality and greenhouse gas objectives.
  4. Committing to adopt corresponding fleet purchase requirements in 2021.

Comments to the VW Environmental Mitigation Trust for California

The Greenlining Institute filed public comment with California Air Resources Board regarding the Beneficiary Mitigation Plan for the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust for California. We made recommendations to ensure that these funds directly benefit low-income and disadvantaged communities disproportionately affected by air pollution and VW’s illegal emissions.

Comments to the Strategic Growth Council on Transformative Climate Communities Draft Guidelines

The Greenlining Institute filed public comments with the Strategic Growth Council regarding the Transformative Climate Communities FY 2018-2019 Draft Guidelines. We recommend changes to reduce the barriers for communities to be eligible for funding and offer comments around workforce and economic development and climate adaptation and resiliency.

Comments to the Strategic Growth Council on the Draft Investment Plan for the Climate Change Research Program

The Greenlining Institute, along with GRID Alternatives and Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), filed public comment with California’s Strategic Growth Council regarding the Draft Investment Plan for the new Climate Change Research Program. We made recommendations to ensure that equity is built into the program, and that research projects directly benefit low-income, disadvantaged, and vulnerable communities.