Comments to the National Telecommunications & Information Administration on Researching Solutions to Digital Redlining

Broadband is a key tool for economic empowerment in communities of color and equal access to economic opportunity can’t happen without broadband access. Despite nationwide progress in developing broadband infrastructure, the digital divide remains, leaving communities of color with less access to affordable broadband. We need research to determine policy that will bridge this gap.

Greenlining urges the NTIA to gather data on the value and cost of broadband, the effectiveness of federal access programs and how broadband access differs between different neighborhoods with different demographics.

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Comments to the Environmental Protection Agency on Proposed Clean Power Plan

In comments to the EPA, Greenlining urges the agency to use California as a model in drafting implementation rules for its Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce carbon emissions from power plants, and to include clear equity provisions in its rules.

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Comments to the California Wildlife Conservation Board on the Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program Guidelines

The Greenlining Institute filed public comment regarding the Draft Program Guidelines for the new Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program. Greenlining recommends changes to ensure that the guidelines promote technical assistance, meaningful community engagement and equitable economic development.

Comments to the California Energy Commission Regarding EV Charging Incentive Projects

The Greenlining Institute filed public comment with the California Energy Commission regarding its Block Grant for electric vehicle charger incentive projects. We made recommendations to ensure incentive projects coming out of this Block Grant promote EV access for low- and moderate-income households and promote good jobs and job training for low-income workers and contracting opportunities for minority-owned businesses. Read it here.

Comments to the California Air Resources Board Regarding the VW Environmental Mitigation Trust

The Greenlining Institute filed public comment with the California Air Resources Board regarding staff’s recommendation for allocating the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust, part of the settlement for VW’s diesel emissions scandal. We recommend that the final Beneficiary Mitigation Plan leverage equitable economic development benefits and target 100% of light-duty Zero Emissions Vehicle infrastructure investments in low-income and disadvantaged communities.

 

Comments to the California Air Resources Board on Electric Car-Sharing Programs for Disadvantaged Communities

In comments to the California Air Resources Board, Greenlining and the other members of the Charge Ahead California campaign point out the importance of community outreach and infrastructure as key considerations in creating pilot car-sharing programs for electric vehicles in disadvantaged communities.

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Comments on VW Settlement’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Investment

The Greenlining Institute and its partners urged Electrify America, which is implementing VW’s $800M Zero Emission Vehicle investment under the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement, to prioritize benefits to low-income and disadvantaged communities. We also provided recommendations on how to ensure this investment creates the most benefits in communities impacted most by poverty and pollution.

Comments on VW Settlement’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Cycle 2 Investment

The Greenlining Institute and its partners urged Electrify America (EA), which is implementing VW’s $800M Zero Emission Vehicle investment under the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement, to prioritize benefits to low-income and disadvantaged communities. We acknowledged the progress EA has made but withheld full support because we saw areas for improvement and missed opportunities to ensure this investment creates the most benefits for low-income people of color.